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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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that the said handbill exhibits but a faint sketch of the suffering of your petitioners and theier brethren, up to the period of its publication
The said handbill shows that at the time of dispersion part of our families fled into the new and unsetled Co. of Vanburen being unable to p[r]ocure provisions in that co th[r]ough the winter many of them were compelled to return to their homes in or perish with hunger, But they had no sooner set foot upon that soil, which a few months before we had purchased of the , then they were again met by the Citizens of and a renewal of savage barbarity inflicted upon them, by beating with clubs and sticks, presenting knives and fire arms and threatning with death if they did not immediate flee from the These inhuman assaults upon these families were repeated two or three times through the last winter, till they were compelled at last to leave their possessions in and flee with their mangled bodies, in to this Co. (.) Here to mingle their tears and unite their supplications with hundreds of their breth[r]en to our Heavenly Father, and the Chief ruler of our nation.
Betwen one and two thousand of the people called mormons, have been driven by the people force of arms, from the Co. of , in this since the first of Nov. last. being compelled to leave their highly cultivated fields the greater part of which had been bought of the , and of all this [because] of our belief in direct revelation from God to the children of men, according to the Holy [p. 48]
that the said handbill exhibits but a faint sketch of the suffering of your petitioners and theier brethren, up to the period of its publication
The said handbill shows that at the time of dispersion part of our families fled into the new and unsetled Co. of Vanburen being unable to procure provisions in that co through the winter many of them were compelled to return to their homes in or perish with hunger, But they had no sooner set foot upon that soil, which a few months before we had purchased of the , then they were again met by the Citizens of and a renewal of savage barbarity inflicted upon them, by beating with clubs and sticks, presenting knives and fire arms and threatning with death if they did not immediate flee from the These inhuman assaults upon these families were repeated two or three times through the last winter, till they were compelled at last to leave their possessions in and flee with their mangled bodies, in to this Co. (.) Here to mingle their tears and unite their supplications with hundreds of their brethren to our Heavenly Father, and the Chief ruler of our nation.
Betwen one and two thousand of the people called mormons, have been driven by the force of arms, from the Co. of , in this since the first of Nov. last. being compelled to leave their highly cultivated fields the greater part of which had been bought of the , and of all this because of our belief in direct revelation from God to the children of men, according to the Holy [p. 48]
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