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

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dered the houses, robbed the henroosts, and carried off every thing  which was valuable, they burned the houses, amounting in all to up wards of two hundred; and then commenced a general destruction of  the timber on the land. Some tracts which were well timbered, were  soon stripped of every tree. Such of the farms as they did not oc cupy, they took all the rails from and used them for their own purpo ses. There were several thousand acres of land thus seized, on which  improvements were made to a considerable extent, and the owners  utterly forbid to enjoy them, and they have been compelled to sell  them for no valuable consideration, while those usurpers were quietly  enjoying the good of them. While these brutalities were going on,  the public papers were constantly employed in giving publicity to the  foulest lies that could be created.
While the mob was engaged in this course of plunder, there were  outrages of the most extraordinary character committed by them, ever  committed by human beings. The plans they laid, in order to plun der were of the most extraordinary kind. They would serve writs on  those whom they wished to plunder and have them thrown into jail,  and then rob them of every thing they had about them; watches,  money, and other valuables, and bear them off as plunder. In this  business were employed some of the leading, (some, did I say) better  say all the leading men of the .
Men were caught and tied to trees, and then shot at: but the heart  sickens to tell the abominations of this band of barbarians; for who  but barbarians could be guilty of such deeds of cruelty? We wish  it to be distinctly understood, that the and all the authorities  of the , were acquainted with these cruelties; and no effort was  made to bring the offenders to justice, or to have the property, thus  taken, returned to the owners. The guns that they ordered to be  given up by the authority of the , they keep until  this day. In this, the government of the , has identified itself  in the number of the plunderers, and become one with those villians.
The following are some of the persons engaged in this robbery:
Richard Fristo[e], County Judge; , Judge and General of  the Militia, and member of the Presbyterian church; ;  Samuel Hale; , Esq.; Jones Flournoy; ;  —— Hensley, Esq.; , a lawyer; Reekman Childs,  lawyer; Lewis Franklin; , Lieut. Governor; Rev.  , Baptist missionary, and his son-in-law Likins [Johnston Lykins?]; Love lady, Campbellite; —— Johnson; all of these Reverend divines, were  among this band of plunderers. Many others were in the number  whose names will be forthcoming at another time; we mention these,  because they wished to be called gentlemen, men of humanity and  piety, but we leave the public to form their own judgment.
Thus, desolated and robbed, the saints were left to seek homes  where they could be found; while their enemies were pouring a flood  of abuse after them, for the purpose of justifying themselves and  hiding their iniquity from the gaze of that part of the public, who  abhor mobocracy. The majority of them sought homes in , where they found rest for a little season, and a little season  only. Very shortly after their arrival in , they began to  purchase lands—made improvements—build mills and other machin [p. 12]
dered the houses, robbed the henroosts, and carried off every thing which was valuable, they burned the houses, amounting in all to upwards of two hundred; and then commenced a general destruction of the timber on the land. Some tracts which were well timbered, were soon stripped of every tree. Such of the farms as they did not occupy, they took all the rails from and used them for their own purposes. There were several thousand acres of land thus seized, on which improvements were made to a considerable extent, and the owners utterly forbid to enjoy them, and they have been compelled to sell them for no valuable consideration, while those usurpers were quietly enjoying the good of them. While these brutalities were going on, the public papers were constantly employed in giving publicity to the foulest lies that could be created.
While the mob was engaged in this course of plunder, there were outrages of the most extraordinary character committed by them, ever committed by human beings. The plans they laid, in order to plunder were of the most extraordinary kind. They would serve writs on those whom they wished to plunder and have them thrown into jail, and then rob them of every thing they had about them; watches, money, and other valuables, and bear them off as plunder. In this business were employed some of the leading, (some, did I say) better say all the leading men of the .
Men were caught and tied to trees, and then shot at: but the heart sickens to tell the abominations of this band of barbarians; for who but barbarians could be guilty of such deeds of cruelty? We wish it to be distinctly understood, that the and all the authorities of the , were acquainted with these cruelties; and no effort was made to bring the offenders to justice, or to have the property, thus taken, returned to the owners. The guns that they ordered to be given up by the authority of the , they keep until this day. In this, the government of the , has identified itself in the number of the plunderers, and become one with those villians.
The following are some of the persons engaged in this robbery:
Richard Fristoe, County Judge; , Judge and General of the Militia, and member of the Presbyterian church; ; Samuel Hale; , Esq.; Jones Flournoy; ; —— Hensley, Esq.; , a lawyer; Reekman Childs, lawyer; Lewis Franklin; , Lieut. Governor; Rev. , Baptist missionary, and his son-in-law Likins Johnston Lykins; Lovelady, Campbellite; —— Johnson; all of these Reverend divines, were among this band of plunderers. Many others were in the number whose names will be forthcoming at another time; we mention these, because they wished to be called gentlemen, men of humanity and piety, but we leave the public to form their own judgment.
Thus, desolated and robbed, the saints were left to seek homes where they could be found; while their enemies were pouring a flood of abuse after them, for the purpose of justifying themselves and hiding their iniquity from the gaze of that part of the public, who abhor mobocracy. The majority of them sought homes in , where they found rest for a little season, and a little season only. Very shortly after their arrival in , they began to purchase lands—made improvements—build mills and other machin [p. 12]
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