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

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rapacity, and those females at that advanced  a age, and at an inclement season of the year, had  to wander in the open prairie, to seek a covert under  the rocks, without a house to shelter, or a blanket  to cover them. And all this, because they dared  to differ from these their oppessors in matters of  religion, and for no other cause. The was  full of armed men, running a riding in large compa nies, from house to house, in every place where  the saints were settled, abusing, driving, and whipping  in a most unmercifull manner, and insulting  women brutally. After much abuse and distructi on of property, and finding that there was to be  no end to these outrages, the saints, at last, had  recourse to arms; but it was not, till after they  had petitioned the and authorities of the  state for aid for <and> protection.  was governor, and Lieutenant  Governor, the latter lived in , the seat  of the mob and county seat of . But no aid nor protection could be had,  though the was under solemn oath to  render protection when called but <for,> but this  good governor would rather perjure himself  than put down a mob so excellent are the  governors of .
Having saught protection, of the authori ties and of the , and obtaining none, the saints  at last, had recourse to arms. * A number of them,  under the command of of ,  marched to there <a> great multitudes  of the mob was <were> collect[ed], <for the purpose of driving <giving> them battle.> hearing of  their intention, to give battle to the mob, organized  the mob, and called them <the> malitia, under the  command of the . On  the arival of , he was comm anded to surrender his arms and those who  were with him. This order was given by the Said [p. 3[a]]
rapacity, and those females at that advanced age, and at an inclement season of the year, had to wander in the open prairie, to seek a covert under the rocks, without a house to shelter, or a blanket to cover them. And all this, because they dared to differ from these their oppessors in matters of religion, and for no other cause. The was full of armed men, a riding in large companies, from house to house, in every place where the saints were settled, abusing, driving, and whipping in a most unmercifull manner, and insulting women brutally. After much abuse and distruction of property, and finding that there was to be no end to these outrages, the saints, at last, had recourse to arms; but it was not, till after they had petitioned the and authorities of the state for aid and protection. was governor, and Lieutenant Governor, the latter lived in , the seat of the mob and county seat of .
Having saught protection, of the authorities of the , and obtaining none, the saints at last, had recourse to arms. * A number of them, under the command of , marched to there a great multitudes of the mob were collected, for the purpose of giving them battle. hearing of their intention, to give battle to the mob, organized the mob, and called them the malitia, under the command of . On the arival of , he was commanded to surrender his arms and those who were with him. This order was given by the Said [p. 3[a]]
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