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

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Let the reader, particulary, notice, that this was well acquainted with the opperations of the mob, for the space of eight <​five​> years, having been the leader of it once himself, at the time it raged in , and had been petitioned again and again, after he was governor to stop its ravages, and in every instance refused to do it. He now perfectly knew, that the whole difficulty had originated in consequence of its violence <​and​> plunde[r] yet notwithstanding this, he issued the above order. * Indeed he had <​​> said “that if it had not have been for the vote which the saints <​Mormons​> had given <​gave​> <​gave​> at the late election, he would have exterminated them before.” So much for this
After the citizens of were made acquainted with the fact, that was there by the s order, they ceased to take any measures for defence, but submitted immediately.
In the mean time, the army imployed itself as in distroying the cornfields, potatoes turnips, & plundring houses taking, horses. Houses were searched by them, so closely to find money, as [p. 35[a]]
Let the reader, particulary, notice, that this was well acquainted with the opperations of the mob, for the space of five years, having been the leader of it once himself, at the time it raged in , and had been petitioned again and again, after he was governor to stop its ravages, and in every instance refused to do it. He now perfectly knew, that the whole difficulty had originated in consequence of its violence and plunder yet notwithstanding this, he issued the above order. * said “that if it had not been for the vote which the Mormons gave at the late election, he would have exterminated them before.”
After the citizens of were made acquainted with the fact, that was there by the s order, they ceased to take any measures for defence, but submitted immediately.
In the mean time, the army imployed itself in distroying the cornfields, potatoes turnips, & plundring houses taking, horses. Houses were searched by them, so closely to find money, as [p. 35[a]]
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