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

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and disgrace of the editors, who have devoted their  papers to so foul a business. The scheme of lying so  readily supported by the religeious papers of the country,  generally, was invented for the purpose of plundering,  robbing, stealing, and driving a people from their homes,  and taking their property, as <a> prey, to the free booters  who were ready to seize upon, <it> when the religeious <publick> papers  of the country, had sufficeintly aided them, to a ena ble them to obtain their object, without being  punished fer it. In this scheme of lying, no  pen figured more than that of the Revd , the before mentioned baptist missionary, who has  proved himself to be the abettor of thi[e]ves, robbers,  and plunderers. Also the Revd E. G. Lovejoy was  an assistant in this foul <vile> business; but he has  received his reward, a mob has since sent him  to his grave. A just punishment for his having  aided a mob, to murder and plunder others; but  still, the mob is now the less guilty for this  that.
After the mob had gotten all things sufficient ly prepared, and the publick mind, as they suppo sed, completely blinded, having been so well assi sted by the publick prints of the day, they com menced their opperations in earnest, in every part  of the . Tering down houses, houses drging  men out of there houses and whipping men were  dra[g]ged out, and whipped in the most shocking manner,  without regard to age: of this number were four  revolutionary soldiers, over the age of seventy years,  who had offered there lives for the liberty that their  oppressors were enjoying; but they now, with sorrow,  beheld the liberty for which they faught, torn from  from them, by the violence of those who were enjoying  freedom, at the expence of their blood and treasure.  Widows also from sixty to eighty years of age, whose  husband were among the number of the revolutiona ry patriots, were driven violently from there houses,  in that inclement season, by this ruthless bandi tta of wretches, worse than savages, and their proper ity made common plunder, to gratafy their rapa city: and those females at that advanced age and  in an inclement season [p. [2[b]]]
and disgrace of the editors, who have devoted their papers to so foul a business. The scheme of lying so readily supported by the papers of the country, generally, was invented for the purpose of plundering, robbing, stealing, and driving a people from their homes, and taking their property, as a prey, to the free booters who were ready to seize upon, it when the publick papers , had sufficeintly aided them, to enable them to obtain their object, without being punished fer it.
After the mob had gotten all things sufficiently prepared, and the publick mind, as they supposed, completely blinded, having been so well assisted by the publick prints of the day, they commenced their opperations in earnest, in every part of the . Tering down houses, men were dragged out, and whipped in the most shocking manner, without regard to age: of this number were four revolutionary soldiers, over the age of seventy years, who had offered there lives for the liberty that their oppressors were enjoying; but they now, with sorrow, beheld the liberty for which they faught, torn from them, by the violence of those who were enjoying freedom, at the expence of their blood and treasure. Widows also from sixty to eighty years of age, whose husband were among the number of the revolutionary patriots, were driven violently from there houses, in that inclement season, by this ruthless banditta of wretches, worse than savages, and their properity made common plunder, to gratafy their [p. [2[b]]]
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