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

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Head Quarters of the Malitia
City of Jefferson
Oct 27th 1838
Sir
<Sinc> the order of the morning to you, directing you to come <with> four hundred mounted voluntee men to be raised within your division. I have received by Esqr. & Wiley C Williams Esqr, one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes entirely the face of things and places the Mormons in the attitude of an avowed defiance of the Laws, and <of> having made war upon the people of this Your orders are therefore to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach in Ray County with all possible speed, The Mormons Must be treated as enimies and must be exterminated or driven from the if necessary for the public peace
Their outrages are beyond all description.— If you can increase your force you are authorized to to do so. to any extent you may think necessary.— I have Just issued orders to Maj. Genl. Wallock of Marion County to raise 500 men and to march them to the northe[r]n part of and there unite with of who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north— They have been directed to communicate with you by express, you [p. 34[a]]
Head Quarters of the Malitia
City of Jefferson
Oct 27th 1838
Sir
Sinc the order of the morning to you, directing you to come with four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division. I have received by Esqr. & Wiley C Williams Esqr, one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes entirely the face of things and places the Mormons in the attitude of an avowed defiance of the Laws, and of having made war upon the people of this Your orders are therefore to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach in Ray County with all possible speed, The Mormons Must be treated as enimies and must be exterminated or driven from the if necessary for the public peace
Their outrages are beyond all description.— If you can increase your force you are authorized to do so. to any extent you may think necessary.— I have Just issued orders to Maj. Genl. Wallock of Marion County to raise 500 men and to march them to the northern part of and there unite with of who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north— They have been directed to communicate with you by express, you [p. 34[a]]
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