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

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Matters continued thus, untill  the 29th 28th of October, on this day a large  army came and halted in a little skirt  of timbers about a mile from * Who they were, or what they were  after, no one knew. <It was rumered,> We had heard that  there was such <such> an army that had crossed  the line, and the authorities  sent out men to inquire who they were,  and what they were after; but no  information could be obtained, untill  the army arived. Shortly <after> their arival a  man by the name of Pomeroy, came  to the town bearing a white flag,  and said he wanted three persons  out of the town, before the town <it> was  massac[r]ed, and the rest would all be  put to the sword. The persons that  <he> called for, refused to go, saying “that <if> their  friends had to be slaugtered, they wou ld die with them. The messenger  shed a few crockadile <tears> and went  back to thier camp.
Shortly after he returned, behold  here comes with  his bregade, marching towards the  town and in line of battle. To this  bregade, was presented a line also  in battle order, consisting <of> two hun [p. 32[a]]
Matters continued thus, untill the 28th of October, on this day a large army came and halted in a little skirt of timbers about a mile from * Who they were, or what they were after, no one knew. It was rumered, such an army that had crossed the line, and the authorities sent out men to inquire who they were, and what they were after; but no information could be obtained, untill the army arived. Shortly after their arival a man by the name of Pomeroy, came to the town bearing a white flag, and said he wanted three persons out of the town, before it was massacred, and the rest would all be put to the sword. The persons that he called for, refused to go, saying “that if their friends had to be slaugtered, they would die with them. The messenger shed a few crockadile tears and went back to thier camp.
Shortly after he returned, behold here comes with his bregade, marching towards the town in line of battle. To this bregade, was presented a line also in battle order, consisting of two hun [p. 32[a]]
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