Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

that these were unjust, yet they felt and hope  that time and an uprigh[t]ness of live would  enable them to outlive them. From the date  of their settle while this summer of peace and  happiness and hope shone over the infant  settlement of the saints, the cloud was gather ing unseen by them, that bore in its bosom  the thunderbolt of their destruction.
On the 20th. of July 1838 <1833> around their peaceful <village>  a mob gathered to the surprise & terror  to the suprise and terror of the quiet  Mormons. Why they knew not. They had broken  no Law. they had harmed no man in deed  or thought. Why they <that> were <they> thus threatened they  knew not, soon a Committee from the Mob  called upon the leading citizens <Mormons> of the village <place>.  They announced, that the store the Printing Office  and the shops must be closed and that  forthwith every Mormon must leave the  County. The message was so terrible so un expected, the Mormons asked time for de liberation for consultation— which being  granted <refused> the bretheren <haven> were severally asked  are <You> willing to abandon your home? The  reply was one, we will not go: Which deter mination being reported to the Committee  of the Mob. One of them replied that he was  sorry for said he the work of destruction  must now begin. No sooner said than  <it was> done, The printing Office a large two story [p. 3]
JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Elias Higbee, petition, Washington DC, to United States Congress, Washington DC, ca. 29 Nov. 1839; handwriting of Elias Higbee with corrections by Thomas Bullock and probably Robert D. Foster; 35 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.