Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 30 October 1839–27 January 1840

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a decent burial. They arrived next morning among the citizens and found great excitement prevailing. They had held a public meeting and resolved to drive all the Mormons from the country. Individuals began again to threaten the Mormons as a body, and to swear that they should all leave the country in three days. The Mormons also heard that a large mob was collecting against them, headed by one of the Judges of the County court of . Under these circumstances and with a view to allay this excitement some of the brethren called on and enquired whether the report they had heard was true. Upon his denying the truth of it, they requested him to give that denial in writing which he freely did; which writing they published with a view to calm the public mind, and to allay the existing excitement. Having done this, they rested in quiet for some time, hoping that these efforts would produce the desired effect. Their surprise under these circumstances can be easily imagined, when a short time after this, they learned that this same had gone before and made oath affidavit that he was forced to sign that instrument, by an armed band of Mormons; and thereupon procured a warrant for the apprehension of Joseph Smith Jr and which was placed in the hands of the Sheriff to be executed. It was also reported that the accused individuals had refused to be taken, and that an armed party of citizens was collected collecting to come and take them by force. Your memorialists aver [p. 12]
a decent burial. They arrived next morning among the citizens and found great excitement prevailing. They had held a public meeting and resolved to drive all the Mormons from the country. Individuals began again to threaten the Mormons as a body, and to swear that they should all leave the country in three days. The Mormons also heard that a large mob was collecting against them, headed by one of the Judges of the County court of . Under these circumstances and with a view to allay this excitement some of the brethren called on and enquired whether the report they had heard was true. Upon his denying the truth of it, they requested him to give that denial in writing which he freely did; which writing they published with a view to calm the public mind, and to allay the existing excitement. Having done this, they rested in quiet for some time, hoping that these efforts would produce the desired effect. Their surprise under these circumstances can be easily imagined, when a short time after this, they learned that this same had gone before and made affidavit that he was forced to sign that instrument, by an armed band of Mormons; and thereupon procured a warrant for the apprehension of Joseph Smith Jr and which was placed in the hands of the Sheriff to be executed. It was also reported that the accused individuals had refused to be taken, and that an armed party of citizens was collecting to come and take them by force. Your memorialists aver [p. 12]
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