Sidney Rigdon, JS, et al., Petition Draft (“To the Publick”), circa 1838–1839

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themselves. as fast as their cattle, horses,  or any other property, got where these they  wretches could get hold on <of> it, it was carried  of[f] as spoil. If any of the people left the town, on  any occasion, they were shot at by layars <layers> in  wait, who were laying conceald, for this purpose.  by these outrages seventy <the> families were compelled  to live in their wagons, or in tents, or at least  the greater part of them. Application was mad  made to the judge of the circuit court  for deliverence, and two companies of militia  were ordered out, one of the companies was  commanded by , a methodis  <a> methodist preacher. The whole was put  in under the command [of] , but they never made the first attem pt to disperse the mob, when the people  of inquired of the reason  of his conduct, he always replied that   and his company were so mutinous  and mobocratic that he dare not venture  to attempt a dispersion of the mob; saying  saying that if he did and his compa ny instead of dispersing the mob, would uni te with them. A messenger with a petition  was sent to the requesting aid from  him. The man carrying the <who took> petition to the  , was by the name of Caldwell.  He went and saw the , and received  for answer, that the mormons had got into  scrape with the mob, and they might fight  it out, for he would have nothing to do  with it, at this was the a return made [p. 26[a]]
themselves. as fast as their cattle, horses, or any other property, got where they could get hold of it, it was carried off as spoil. If any of the people left the town, on any occasion, they were shot at by layers in wait, who were laying conceald, for this purpose. by these outrages the families were compelled to live in their wagons, or in tents, or at least the greater part of them. Application was made to the judge of the circuit court for deliverence, and two companies of militia were ordered out, one of the companies was commanded by , a methodist preacher. The whole was put under the command [of] , but they never made the first attempt to disperse the mob, when the people of inquired of the reason of his conduct, he always replied that and his company were so mutinous and mobocratic that he dare not venture to attempt a dispersion of the mob; saying that if he did and his company instead of dispersing the mob, would unite with them. A messenger with a petition was sent to the requesting aid from him. The man who took petition , was by the name of Caldwell. He went and saw the , and received for answer, that the mormons had got into scrape with the mob, and they might fight it out, for he would have nothing to do with it, this was the return made [p. 26[a]]
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