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

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to please the attorney he would order them to be taken into custody and they were immediately cast into prison and the next morning they would be brought forward and tried again. Such was the course the court and thier armed body persued during their sittings till they got through. By such means they got men to swear for them. and to swear too most unhallowed falshoods. It was indeed suborning witnesses to swear to promise a man life if he would swear and death or imprisonment if he did not swear and not only swear but swear to please them.
This matter of driving away witness[es] or casting them into prison or else chasing them out of the country was carried to such a length, that our lawyers and told us not to bring our witnesses there at all for if we did there would [not] one of them be left in the country again[s]t the day of final trial for no sooner would and his men know who they were than they would put them out of the country As to making any impression on ; If an Cohort of angels were to come down and declare we were clear said it would all be the same for he had determined from the begining to Cast us into prison. we never had the priviledge [p. [45[b]]]
to please the attorney he would order them to be taken into custody and they were immediately cast into prison and the next morning they would be brought forward and tried again. Such was the course the court and thier armed body persued during their sittings till they got through. By such means they got men to swear for them. and to swear too most unhallowed falshoods. It was indeed suborning witnesses to swear to promise a man life if he would swear and death or imprisonment if he did not swear and not only swear but swear to please them.
This matter of driving away witnesses or casting them into prison or else chasing them out of the country was carried to such a length, that our lawyers and told us not to bring our witnesses there at all for if we did there would [not] one of them be left in the country against the day of final trial for no sooner would and his men know who they were than they would put them out of the country As to making any impression on ; If a Cohort of angels were to come down and declare we were clear said it would all be the same for he had determined from the begining to Cast us into prison. [p. [45[b]]]
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