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

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While ascending the hill we were discovered by  the mob who immediatly fired at us and continued  so to do till we reached the summit of the hill  In desending the hill I secreted myself in a thicket  of bushes where I lay till eight oclock in the evening  at which time I heard a female voice calling my name  in an under tone, telling me that the mob had gone  and there was no danger. I immediately left the  thicket and went to the house of Benjamin Lewis  where I found my family (who had fled there) in safety  and two of my brethren <friends> mortally wounded one  of which whom died before morning.
Here we passed that painful night in deep and  awful reflections on the scenes of the preceeding  evening. After day light appeared some four or five  men with myself who had escaped with our lives  from the horrid massacre, repaired as soon as possible  to the mills to learn the fate condition of our friends  whose fate, we had but too truly anticipated.
When we arrived at the house of we found  Mr. [Levi] Merricks body lying in rear of the house. ’s in front, litterally mangled from head  to foot. We were informed by Miss Rebecca Judd who  was an eye witness that he was shot with his own  gun after he had given it up, and then was cut to  pieces with an old corn cutter by a of  , who keeps a ferry on  and who has since <repeatedly> boasted of this act of savage  barbarity. s body we found in the house  and after viewing these corpses we immediately went  to the blacksmiths shop where we found nine  of our friends, eight of whom were already dead the  other Mr [Simon] Cox of Indiana struggling in the ago nies of death and soon expired— We immediately  prepared and carried them to a place of interment  This last office of kindness due to the relicts of departed  friends was not attended with the customery ceremo nies nor decency for we were in jeopardy every moment  expecting to be fired on by the mob who we supposed [p. [38[d]]]
While ascending the hill we were discovered by the mob who immediatly fired at us and continued so to do till we reached the summit In desending the hill I secreted myself in a thicket of bushes where I lay till eight oclock in the evening at which time I heard a female voice calling my name in an under tone, telling me that the mob had gone and there was no danger. I immediately left the thicket and went to the house of Benjamin Lewis where I found my family (who had fled there) in safety and two of my friends mortally wounded one of whom died before morning.
Here we passed that painful night in deep and awful reflections on the scenes of the preceeding evening. After day light appeared some four or five men with myself who had escaped with our lives from the horrid massacre, repaired as soon as possible to the mills to learn the condition of our friends whose fate, we had but too truly anticipated.
When we arrived at the house of we found Mr. Levi Merricks body lying in rear of the house. ’s in front, litterally mangled from head to foot. We were informed by Miss Rebecca Judd who was an eye witness that he was shot with his own gun after he had given it up, and then was cut to pieces with an old corn cutter by a of , who keeps a ferry on and who has since repeatedly boasted of this act of savage barbarity. s body we found in the house and after viewing these corpses we immediately went to the blacksmiths shop where we found nine of our friends, eight of whom were already dead the other Mr Simon Cox of Indiana struggling in the agonies of death and soon expired— We immediately prepared and carried them to a place of interment This last office of kindness due to the relicts of departed friends was not attended with the customery ceremonies nor decency for we were in jeopardy every moment expecting to be fired on by the mob who we supposed [p. [38[d]]]
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