Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 30 October 1839–27 January 1840

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arrived of consummating the extermination of the Mormons or their expulsion from the country, by giving to their proceedings <​persecutions​> the color and form of legal proceedings; and it could not be forborne. The mob which had assembled with the pretext of assisting the officers of the law in the execution of their duty, did not disperse on the acquittal of Smith and , as was expected; but continued embodied in their encampments in the form of a military force; and committing from time to time one depredation after another upon the property of the Mormons. The Mormons, in this extremity, appealed for succour <​and relief​> to the laws of the land, and to the officers of the law for protection against their infractions.
After much delay the Militia under Generals , , and were sent to their relief. They arrived on the 13th of Sept. and encamped between the mob and the mormons. These officers made no attempt to disperse the mob, and excused themselves by saying, “that the sympathies of their men were in their favor”. After remaining in this situation for several days, these officers at length adopted the following expedient of settling the the existing difficulties, and restoring peace. They mustered the mob and enrolled them with their troops, and then disbanded the whole together, with orders to return to their several homes. The officers then returned home, with the exception of , who remained for their protection with his men. The Mormons then made an agreement with the citizens of , to buy out their lands and pre-emption rights; and appointed a committee to make the purchases, with instructions to buy until they purchased to the amount [p. 14]
arrived of consummating the extermination of the Mormons or their expulsion from the country, by giving to their persecutions the color and form of legal proceedings; and it could not be forborne. The mob which had assembled with the pretext of assisting the officers of the law in the execution of their duty, did not disperse on the acquittal of Smith and , as was expected; but continued embodied in their encampments in the form of a military force; and committing from time to time one depredation after another upon the property of the Mormons. The Mormons, in this extremity, appealed to the laws of the land, and to the officers of the law for protection against their infractions.
After much delay the Militia under Generals , , and were sent to their relief. They arrived on the 13th of Sept. and encamped between the mob and the mormons. These officers made no attempt to disperse the mob, and excused themselves by saying, “that the sympathies of their men were in their favor”. After remaining in this situation for several days, these officers at length adopted the following expedient of settling the existing difficulties, and restoring peace. They mustered the mob and enrolled them with their troops, and then disbanded the whole together, with orders to return to their several homes. The officers then returned home, with the exception of , who remained for their protection with his men. The Mormons then made an agreement with the citizens of , to buy out their lands and pre-emption rights; and appointed a committee to make the purchases, with instructions to buy until they purchased to the amount [p. 14]
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