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

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their forces under orders, and took up their line of march for , the scene of trouble.
On their arival, they took a position between where the mob was encamped, and . Instead however, of these generals, which was their duty to have done going going and arresting this banditta <​band​> of plunderers and murderers, which they truely were, and having them forthwith brought to justice; they went to tampering with them. The mob complained to them, that their property had <​been​> stolen and destroyed, by the saints. The officers went to their houses, which they had evacuated <​evacuated​> and found some, <​of​> them open, and all their property in them, as they left it, and nothing disturbed. They continued the investigation; until they became satisfied that the if any of their -[the mob’s]- property was taken, they took it themselves, to raise a fals alarm, or at least the officers all said so. The mob openly and fearlessly declared to them, that they lived on Mormon beef, and Mormon corn. The saints required of the officers, that they <​should​> be arrested. and brought to justice, for plundering their property. unlawfull unlawfully, assembling to drive peace[a]ble citizens five form their homes, and for threatning their lives, and keeping them <​in​> fear, in open violation of the laws of the country. When these things were pressed, upon them, They excused the matter, by saying that their troops [p. 18[a]]
their forces under orders, and took up their line of march for , the scene of trouble.
On their arival, they took a position between where the mob was encamped, and . Instead however, of these generals, which was their duty to have done going and arresting this band of plunderers and murderers, which they truely were, and having them forthwith brought to justice; they went to tampering with them. The mob complained to them, that their property had been stolen and destroyed, by the saints. The officers went to their houses, which they had evacuated and found some, of them open, and all their property in them, as they left it, and nothing disturbed. They continued the investigation; until they became satisfied that if any of their -[the mob’s]- property was taken, they took it themselves, to raise a fals alarm, or at least the officers all said so. The mob openly and fearlessly declared to them, that they lived on Mormon beef, and Mormon corn. The saints required of the officers, that they should be arrested. and brought to justice, for plundering their property. unlawfully, assembling to drive peaceable citizens form their homes, and for threatning their lives, and keeping them in fear, in open violation of the laws of the country. When these things were pressed, upon them, They excused the matter, by saying that their troops [p. 18[a]]
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