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Statement in “To the publick,” circa 19 August–1 November 1839

Statement in “To the publick,” circa 19 August–1 November 1839

Therefore The undersign’d who are chosen by  the Church of Latter day Saints to represent  to the President and congress of the United States of  America the Cruel outrages and injustice inflicted  upon the said Church by the citizens of the State of  Missouri and also their suffering condition in consequence  thereof. Do hereby for and in behalf of the said church do hereby  petition his Excellency the President and also the Honorable  the Senate and house of Representatives of the United States  of America in congress assembled that they cause to be made  a full and complete restoration of all the rights and priveleges  which we have been and now are deprived of that we may  enjoy all the rights and priveleges guarranted [guaranteed] to us (in common  with other citizens of the United States of America) by the constitu tion thereof and not only do we ask to be reinstated to enjoy  and be protected in the peaceable possession of our Lands  purchased of the United States in the State of Missouri  but we also ask for a Just remuneration of damages which  we have sustained by being deprived of the right of citizen ship contrary to the constitution and Laws of the United  States of America and your Petitioners in behalf of the  said Church as in duty bound will ever pray
Joseph Smith Jr.
JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Elias Higbee, statement, ca. 19 Aug.–1 Nov. 1839; handwriting of Elias Higbee; in “To the publick”, p. 50; JS Collection, CHL.

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