Petitioned, and their Petitions have been treated with silence & contempt. Shall they apply to the Courts Federal Courts? They were at the time <of the injury> Citizens of the State of — Shall they apply to the courts of the State of ? Whom sh◊◊◊ they s◊◊◊, The order for their destruction their extermination was granted by the Executive of the State of . Is not this a peice of justification
for the acts of individuals done in pursuance of that order? If not before whom shall the mormons institute a trial? Should they summon as Jury of the individuals who composed the Mob an appeal to them were in vain— They dare [not?] go to to institute a suit. Their lives would be in danger.
<Petition to Congress for redress>
<(ab. 29 Nov. 1839)> [p. 35]