Petition to United States Congress, circa 29 November 1839, Draft

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[vid]ual suffering. They would fill a volume. We forbear from our regard to humanity to details the particulars of the Conduct of the Militia we could relate instances of House bu[r]nings destruction, of property, robbery, rapes and Murder, that would shame humanity. One instance as a sample of many scenes they enacted. Two hundred of the Militia came suddenly upon some families emigrating to the and then encamped at in . The Morm[on]s men women & children took refuge in an old log house which had been used as a black smith shop On seeing the militia approach, the Mormons cried for quarter but in vain, they were instantly fired upon. Eighteen fell dead, and their murderres putting the muzzls of their guns between the logs, fired indiscriminately upon women & childrn upon the Dead & Dying. One little boy whose father () had just been shot dead, cried piteously to the Militia to spare his life. [p. 31]
vidual suffering. They would fill a volume. We forbear from our regard to humanity to details the particulars of the Conduct of the Militia we could relate instances of House burnings destruction, of property, robbery, rapes and Murder, that would shame humanity. One instance as a sample of many scenes they enacted. Two hundred of the Militia came suddenly upon some families emigrating to the and then encamped at in . The Mormons men & children took refuge in an old log house which had been used as a black smith shop On seeing the militia approach, the Mormons cried for quarter but in vain, they were instantly fired upon. Eighteen fell dead, and their murderres putting the muzzls of their guns between the logs, fired indiscriminately upon childrn upon the Dead & Dying. One little boy whose father () had just been shot dead, cried piteously to the Militia to spare his life. [p. 31]
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