Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840, Second Edition

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foolish and senseless lies, that mortals could invent; thinking, by  that means, to justify themselves before the public. Such as, the  saints were building strong fortifications; bringing canon and  other implements into the country; that wagons loaded with  coffins were coming in great numbers, and that these coffins were  full of ammunition and military stores—that the saints are conni ving with the Indians, and stirring up the negroes to rebel against  their masters, with a multitude of things of a similar character:  which all tend to establish the ignorance and corruption of their  authors. To such low and mean subterfuges, were the principal  men of and vicinity driven to accomplish an  object at which humanity, to the latest ages, must recoil. We  shall give the names of the principal actors in this scene of abom ination, that the American people may hereafter know them.
After having, as they supposed, made a sufficient preparation to  accomplish their object, and fabricated and circulated through the  medium of their public papers, a necessary quantity of lies to  blind the public mind, (for they verily supposed, that all the  American people were as destitute of truth and humanity, as  themselves,) they commenced their operations.
These things transpired between the first of July and the mid dle of November, 1833. The mob made their attack, by tearing  down houses and destroying property. A was torn  down, the press broken, the type scattered through the streets;  all the book work, papers, and materials that were in the office  were destroyed; in all amounting to several thousand dollars. A   was broken open, the goods thrown into the street and tram pled under foot. Mr. , one of the Bishops of  the church, was taken from his house, with another man, into the  public square, and there the mob attempted to strip him naked;  to this he objected, and finally they agreed to let him keep on his  shirt and pantaloons, and they tarred and feathered him, and the  other man, whose name was . , a lawyer, was  the leader of this outrage; and on that occasion boasted that his  word was the law of the , and that the saints should leave  it or be put to death. So much for a would be honorable lawyer.  A prosecution was entered against one of the men, who was taken  in the very act of taking the goods, and trampling them under  foot. The writ was obtained at the office of a man by name of  , who was a justice of the Peace, or called so. When  the man was brought for trial, though it was proven that he was  taken in the very act of destroying the goods; he was acquitted,  and no cause of action was found; but shortly afterwards, there  was a writ issued from the same office, against those who prose cuted the said , for destroying the goods, for false impris onment, and they were holden to bail for their appearance at the   court; and for the want of bail, they were thrown into  jail. This, is a correct sample of the way the laws were admin istered in .
Before this banditti commenced the destruction of property,  they appointed committees to go and wait on the saints, and order [p. 8]
foolish and senseless lies, that mortals could invent; thinking, by that means, to justify themselves before the public. Such as, the saints were building strong fortifications; bringing canon and other implements into the country; that wagons loaded with coffins were coming in great numbers, and that these coffins were full of ammunition and military stores—that the saints are conniving with the Indians, and stirring up the negroes to rebel against their masters, with a multitude of things of a similar character: which all tend to establish the ignorance and corruption of their authors. To such low and mean subterfuges, were the principal men of and vicinity driven to accomplish an object at which humanity, to the latest ages, must recoil. We shall give the names of the principal actors in this scene of abomination, that the American people may hereafter know them.
After having, as they supposed, made a sufficient preparation to accomplish their object, and fabricated and circulated through the medium of their public papers, a necessary quantity of lies to blind the public mind, (for they verily supposed, that all the American people were as destitute of truth and humanity, as themselves,) they commenced their operations.
These things transpired between the first of July and the middle of November, 1833. The mob made their attack, by tearing down houses and destroying property. A was torn down, the press broken, the type scattered through the streets; all the book work, papers, and materials that were in the office were destroyed; in all amounting to several thousand dollars. A was broken open, the goods thrown into the street and trampled under foot. Mr. , one of the Bishops of the church, was taken from his house, with another man, into the public square, and there the mob attempted to strip him naked; to this he objected, and finally they agreed to let him keep on his shirt and pantaloons, and they tarred and feathered him, and the other man, whose name was . , a lawyer, was the leader of this outrage; and on that occasion boasted that his word was the law of the , and that the saints should leave it or be put to death. So much for a would be honorable lawyer. A prosecution was entered against one of the men, who was taken in the very act of taking the goods, and trampling them under foot. The writ was obtained at the office of a man by name of , who was a justice of the Peace, or called so. When the man was brought for trial, though it was proven that he was taken in the very act of destroying the goods; he was acquitted, and no cause of action was found; but shortly afterwards, there was a writ issued from the same office, against those who prosecuted the said , for destroying the goods, for false imprisonment, and they were holden to bail for their appearance at the court; and for the want of bail, they were thrown into jail. This, is a correct sample of the way the laws were administered in .
Before this banditti commenced the destruction of property, they appointed committees to go and wait on the saints, and order [p. 8]
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