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

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* We will here <​leave​> the prisoners and relate what took place in after ’s arival at we think was the General’s name that was sent to there on his arrival he placed guards around the town so that no person might pass out or in without permission all the men in the town were then taken and put under guard and a court of inquiry was instituted with on the bench the said belonged to the Mob and was one of the leaders of it <​from​> when <​the time​> it first commenced in the name of the Attorney’s name we have forgotten if we ever knew; but he belonged to s Army—
After two or three days investigation every man was honorably acquitted then Ordered every family to be out of in ten days with permission to go to and there tarry untill spring and then to leave the under pain of extermination. This was in the first of November the weather was very cold more so than usual for that season of the year And in keeping this order of ’s the[y] had to leave their crops and their houses and to live in tents and Waggons in this inclement season of the year As for their flocks and herds the Mob had deliver’d them from <​the trouble of​> taking care of them or from the pain of seeing them starve to death by stealing them. An arrangment was made in which it was stipulated that they should have a certain a committee of twelve which had been previously appointed should have the privilege of going from to for the term of four weeks for the purpose of conveying their crops from to . But in a few days The Committee were to wear white badges on their hats for their protection
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* We will here leave the prisoners and relate what took place in after ’s arival at we think was the General’s name that was sent to there on his arrival he placed guards around the town so that no person might pass out or in without permission all the men in the town were then taken and put under guard and a court of inquiry was instituted with on the bench the said belonged to the Mob and was one of the leaders of it from the time it first commenced in the name of the Attorney’s name we have forgotten if we ever knew; but he belonged to s Army—
After two or three days investigation every man was honorably acquitted then Ordered every family to be out of in ten days with permission to go to and there tarry untill spring and then to leave the under pain of extermination. This was in the first of November the weather was very cold more so than usual for that season of the year And in keeping this order of ’s they had to leave their crops and their houses and to live in tents and Waggons in this inclement season of the year As for their flocks and herds the Mob had deliver’d them from the trouble of taking care of them or from pain of seeing them starve to death by stealing them. An arrangment was made in which it was stipulated that a committee of twelve which had been previously appointed should have the privilege of going from to for the term of four weeks for the purpose of conveying their crops from to . The Committee were to wear white badges on their hats for their protection
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