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

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

the burning in Daviess County. About the time  of our arrival at Far West a report came into  the place stating that a Mob was about collecting  at Bunckum [Buncombe], for the purpose of burning Far West.  if they had sufficient strength, and if not, to  commence depredations <on> of the outskirts of the Mor mon sttlements, by driving them off and bur[n]ing  their houses; it was therefore; thought best to  send out a spy company to that vicinity to  watch the movements of the Mob, if there should  be any, and report to Far West: accordingly a com pany of ten men was raised, of which I had the charge,  we were instructed to range the southern line  of Caldwell County and watch the movements  of armed bodies of men, if any were there, and in  case they should commit any depradations upon  the citizens of Caldwell, we were to report to Far  West immediately; We were to act entirely on the  Defenceive, and not to injure any people in person  or property, except an attack should be made upon  us in our own county, or upon the families of  some of our people.
The Deponent further saith that he has been personally  acquainted with Joseph Smith jr., Hyrum Smith & Sidney Rigdon  for a munber of years, and their teachings respecting the laws  of the land, have uniformly been, to have them observed in  every particular
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Sidney Rigdon, JS, et al., Petition Draft (“To the Publick”), ca. Sept. 1838–ca. Oct. 1839; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon, Elias Higbee, George W. Robinson, David Lewis, and two unidentified scribes; sixty-four leaves, forty-nine pages of text with fifteen blank pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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