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

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  • Historical Introduction
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a man <​would​> a [pa]ck of Arabs, after a ship wreck every Every dollar was carried off that could be found, while the lives of the owners were threatned if they offered the least resistance. Horses were stolen or rather taken by force cattle, hogs, and sheep, were shot down, and left on the ground to rot. Fences were thrown down, and cornfields left to the mercy of the beasts. Potatoes and turnips were were left in the same situation. Men, woman, and children, were insulted and abused in a brutal manner.
We return again to the manoeuvering of the officers. In the evening of the second day after thier arival, They they sent a messenger to a number of persons, informing them, that they wanted them to come into their camp as they wished to have a consultation with them, and they pledged thier sacred honors, that they should be at liberty to return to the town again eight O Clock the next morning. The persons called <​for​> were , , Joseph Smith Jr., and . we <​It was​> supposed that we <​confidence​> might trust be to the honors <​placed​> <​in the word​> of major and brigadiers generals, and, accordingly <​the persons called for​> we went into [p. [35[b]]]
a man would a [pa]ck of Arabs, after a ship wreck Every dollar was carried off that could be found, while the lives of the owners were threatned if they offered the least resistance. cattle, hogs, and sheep, were shot down, and left on the ground to rot. Fences were thrown down, and cornfields left to the mercy of the beasts. Potatoes and turnips were left in the same situation. Men, woman, and children, were insulted and abused in a brutal manner.
We return again to the manoeuvering of the officers. In the evening of the second day after thier arival, they sent a messenger to a number of persons, informing them, that they wanted them to come into their camp as they wished to have a consultation with them, and they pledged thier sacred honors, that they should be at liberty to return to the town again eight O Clock the next morning. The persons called for were , , Joseph Smith Jr., and . It was supposed that confidence might be placed in the word of major and brigadiers generals, and, accordingly the persons called for went into [p. [35[b]]]
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