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

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thew [through] a crack of the shop & shot them both one dyed & the other recovered, they then came in to the shop among those that was dyining & struggleing in there blood & them all that they could perceive life in they blown there branes out curseing them as lowd as screams could yell, there was too men that laid among the slaim that passed for dead men that escaped being shot again the other one of them was wounded & the other was not, and after these cruel retches had found out that these men had escaped there notice I heard them sware that if they ever got in another engagement tha they would enspect more closer by sticking there k[n]ife in there toes, this barberous work commenced on Tuesday evening about an hour by sun, they kep on shootin and as long as they could find any to shoot untill sun down, it would be miraculous to tell how them escaped that did escape & also to tell how some was shot to that did recover, how painfull it is, when I think upon the it my heart is filled & my eyes is ready to drip with tears to see my friend & near neighbours a falling around me, groaning & dying struggleing in there blood, & to see the widows tears & to hear the orphants cry, to see the helpless babes a weeping standing by, there was a verry old man & justice of the [peace] after he had gave up his gun & surrendered [p. [40[c]]]
thew [through] a crack of the shop & shot them both one dyed & the other recovered, they then came in to the shop among those that was dyining & struggleing in there blood & them all that they could perceive life in they blown there branes out curseing them as lowd as screams could yell, there was too men that laid among the slaim that passed for dead men that escaped being shot again one of them was wounded & the other was not, and after these cruel retches had found out that these men had escaped there notice I heard them sware that if they ever got in another engagement tha they would enspect more closer by sticking there knife in there toes, this barberous work commenced on Tuesday evening about an hour by sun, they kep on shootin as long as they could find any to shoot untill sun down, it would be miraculous to tell how them escaped that did escape & also to tell how some was shot that did recover, how painfull it is, when I think upon it my heart is filled & my eyes is ready to drip with tears to see my friend & near neighbours a falling around me, groaning & dying struggleing in there blood, & to see the widows tears & to hear the orphants cry, to see the helpless babes a weeping standing by, there was a verry old man & justice of the [peace] after he had gave up his gun & surrendered [p. [40[c]]]
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