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

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them out of the , under pain of death. The object of those  warnings was, to make them go and leave all their property a  prey to the mob. At which all the authorities of , from  the down, winked, as will appear hereafter. While  those committees were threatening the saints with death, if they  did not leave the forthwith, and leave all their property a  prey to them; they kept the public papers teeming with lies,  and they found many papers in the country, ready to aid them in  their abomination, by giving circulation to their lies and slan ders. This, I must say, to the shame and disgrace of the editors,  who have devoted their papers to so foul abuses. The scheme of  lying, so readily supported by the papers of the country, general ly, was invented for the purpose of plundering, robbing, stealing,  and driving a people from their homes, and taking their property  as a prey to the freebooters who were ready to seize upon it, when  the public papers had sufficiently aided them, to enable them to  obtain their object without being punished for it.
After the mob had gotten all things sufficiently prepared, and  the public mind, as they supposed, completely blinded, having  been so well assisted by the public prints of the day, they com menced their operations in earnest, in every part of the ;  tearing down houses, men were dragged out, and whipped in the  most shocking manner, without regard to age: Of this number,  were four revolutionary soldiers, over the age of seventy years,  who had offered their lives for the liberty that their oppressors  were enjoying; but they now, with sorrow, beheld the liberty  for which they fought, torn from them, by the violence of  those who were enjoying freedom at the expense of their blood  and treasure. Widows also, from sixty to eighty years of age,  whose husbands were among the number of the revolutionary pa triots, were driven violently from their houses in that inclement  season, by this ruthless banditti of wretches, worse than savages,  and their property made common plunder, to gratify their rapa city; and those females at that advanced age, and at an inclem ent season of the year, had to wander in the open prairie, to seek  a cover under the rocks, without a house to shelter, or a blanket  to cover them, and all this, because they dared to differ from  these, their oppressors, in matters of religion, and for no other  cause. The was full of armed men, riding in large com panies, from house to house, in every place where the saints were  settled, abusing, driving and whipping in a most unmerciful man ner, and insulting women brutally. After much abuse and de struction of property, and finding that there was to be no end to  these outrages, the saints at last, had recourse to arms; but it  was not till after they had petitioned the and authori ties of the for aid and protection. was  Governor and , Lieutenant Governor; the latter  lived in , the seat of the mob, and County seat of  . But no aid or protection could be had.
Having sought protection of the authorities of the , and  obtained none, the saints at last had recourse to arms. After [p. 9]
them out of the , under pain of death. The object of those warnings was, to make them go and leave all their property a prey to the mob. At which all the authorities of , from the down, winked, as will appear hereafter. While those committees were threatening the saints with death, if they did not leave the forthwith, and leave all their property a prey to them; they kept the public papers teeming with lies, and they found many papers in the country, ready to aid them in their abomination, by giving circulation to their lies and slanders. This, I must say, to the shame and disgrace of the editors, who have devoted their papers to so foul abuses. The scheme of lying, so readily supported by the papers of the country, generally, was invented for the purpose of plundering, robbing, stealing, and driving a people from their homes, and taking their property as a prey to the freebooters who were ready to seize upon it, when the public papers had sufficiently aided them, to enable them to obtain their object without being punished for it.
After the mob had gotten all things sufficiently prepared, and the public mind, as they supposed, completely blinded, having been so well assisted by the public prints of the day, they commenced their operations in earnest, in every part of the ; tearing down houses, men were dragged out, and whipped in the most shocking manner, without regard to age: Of this number, were four revolutionary soldiers, over the age of seventy years, who had offered their lives for the liberty that their oppressors were enjoying; but they now, with sorrow, beheld the liberty for which they fought, torn from them, by the violence of those who were enjoying freedom at the expense of their blood and treasure. Widows also, from sixty to eighty years of age, whose husbands were among the number of the revolutionary patriots, were driven violently from their houses in that inclement season, by this ruthless banditti of wretches, worse than savages, and their property made common plunder, to gratify their rapacity; and those females at that advanced age, and at an inclement season of the year, had to wander in the open prairie, to seek a cover under the rocks, without a house to shelter, or a blanket to cover them, and all this, because they dared to differ from these, their oppressors, in matters of religion, and for no other cause. The was full of armed men, riding in large companies, from house to house, in every place where the saints were settled, abusing, driving and whipping in a most unmerciful manner, and insulting women brutally. After much abuse and destruction of property, and finding that there was to be no end to these outrages, the saints at last, had recourse to arms; but it was not till after they had petitioned the and authorities of the for aid and protection. was Governor and , Lieutenant Governor; the latter lived in , the seat of the mob, and County seat of . But no aid or protection could be had.
Having sought protection of the authorities of the , and obtained none, the saints at last had recourse to arms. After [p. 9]
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