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

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  • Historical Introduction
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food suited to them. of which they had been deprived by the violence of the mob.
No sooner had the<​y​> saints started to to and than called the mob together, and made a speech to them, saying to them “that they must hasten to assist their friends of . The land sails <​sales​>, he said, were coming on and unless they in , and if they could get the mormons driven out, they could then get all the lands, on which there were entitled to preem[p]tions, and that they must hasten to in order to <​accomplish this​> aid their friends the lands of <​object​> the saints away from them as they had bought a great many preemtion rights from the old settlers in and if If they would join and drive them out then they could get all the lands back again, as well as all the pay they had received for the<​m​> lands. He assured them <​the mob​> that they had nothing to fear from the authorities in so doing, for they now had full proof that the authorities was would not assist the mormons, and that they might as well take their property from them as not.” His request was complied with, and, accordingly the whole banditta started taking their cannon with them for . The reader will keep in mind, that their leader is a presbeterian p[r]eacher. In the mean time, a hightoned and Zealeous baptist was busy busily <​beusily​> engaged in raising a mob in Platt and Clinton counties, to aid aid in his effort, to drive peaceable citizens from their homes, and take their property as spoil. After <​the mob​> had left Carrill county. there were ordered out a part of two brigades of militia, to check his <​their​> movements. Generals [p. [27[b]]]
food suited to them.
No sooner had they started than called the mob together, and made a speech to them, saying “that they must hasten to assist their friends of . The land sales, he said, were coming on in , and if they could get the mormons driven out, they could then get all the lands, which were entitled to preemptions, and that they must hasten to in order to accomplish this If they would join and drive them out then they could get all the lands back again, as well as all the pay they had received for them . He assured the mob that they had nothing to fear from the authorities in so doing, for they now had full proof that the authorities would not assist the mormons, and that they might as well take their property from them as not.” His request was complied with, and, accordingly the whole banditta started taking their cannon with them for . In the mean time, a was beusily engaged in raising a mob in Platt and Clinton counties, to aid in his effort, to drive peaceable citizens from their homes, and take their property as spoil. After the mob had left Carrill county. there were ordered out a part of two brigades of militia, to check their movements. Generals [p. [27[b]]]
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