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

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going to opperate against them; but he said that that his troops were so mutinous, that there was but little reliance to be placed in them. He then advised the authorities of , to send out two or three hundred mens to to to defend the people against the violence intended by the mob, untill such time as effectual measures could be taken by the authorities, to put a stop to their opperations. And he also told them, “that was collecting a mob in Platt and other places, for the purpose of attacking “, and said that it was absolutely necessary that there should be a strong guard kept at “ to defend the place”. In accordance with his representation, the authorities had of the , had the militia regularly called out, and a number went to as he had recommended, to await the movements and opperations of the <​mob​> and be governed accordingly.
The troops that had been ordered out by , went only about a mile and a half from “” and there incamped till he should arive. After his arival and giving the instruction he did, he went and ordered his troops home, instead of sending them to .
Immediately on his departure, , of , arived, and <​and​> informed us us reported that he had sent on a number of troops to , from , for the express purpose to of stopping the opperations of the mob: “part of them,” he said, “were to be relie[d] upon, and part of them were not.” All the officers said that “ and his company, which on <​in​> all their expeditions, had formed a p[art?] [p. [28[b]]]
going to opperate against them; but he said that his troops were so mutinous, that there was but little reliance to be placed in them. He then advised the authorities of , to send out two or three hundred men to to defend the people against the violence intended by the mob, untill such time as effectual measures could be taken by the authorities, to put a stop to their opperations. And he also told them, “that was collecting a mob in Platt and other places, for the purpose of attacking “, and said that it was absolutely necessary that there should be a strong guard kept at “ to defend the place”. In accordance with his representation, the authorities of the , had the militia regularly called out, and a number went to as he had recommended, to await the movements and opperations of the mob and be governed accordingly.
The troops that had been ordered out by , went only about a mile and a half from “” and there incamped till he should arive. After his arival and giving the instruction he did, he went and ordered his troops home, instead of sending them to .
Immediately on his departure, , of , arived, and reported that he had sent on a number of troops to , from , for the express purpose of stopping the opperations of the mob: “part of them,” he said, “were to be relied on, and part of them were not.” All the officers said that “ and his company, which in all their expeditions, had formed a part [p. [28[b]]]
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