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

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  • Historical Introduction
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were honored and cherished for it, and that by the , the  Judges and the Justices of the Peace; many of whom were leaders  in it. An attempt was made to prosecute two men, one was by the  name of Hayden, the other by the name of Oldham; who met a  young man on the road, by the name of Charles Hubbard, and beat  him in a most cruel manner! An aged man by the name of Lewis  Scott, seeing the abuse, entered a prosecution against them; but  when the fellows were brought for trial, the court acquitted them on  the ground that there were only two persons engaged in it. The fact  of the abuse was never denied; but , yes, reader, the  worthy , decided that there was no cause of action; be cause there were not more than two persons engaged in it. So much  for this righteous judge. I give this as a sample of the manner in  which the laws were executed in , under the jurisdiction  of , and his faithful satelite and attorney, ,  who has since, for this, and like acts of legality, been ap pointed judge of a circuit court.
The matter being fairly put to the test, that the civil authorities of   were destitute of principle—of a sense of honor—of regard  to their oaths, and of respect for their laws; the saints had to submit  to their fate; while they were whipped, and again driven from their  homes.
The mediating party which had risen up, appointed a committee to  correspond with a committee of the saints, in order to find a location  for the saints to settle, and again remove from the midst of their ene mies. Some short time previous to this, a number of them had made  some considerable purchases of lands, on a stream called ,  in the territory of . The two committees started to seek  out a place for the removal, when they came to the tract of land  which had been purchased. It was agreed that that should be the  place of settlement. So the settlement commenced immediately.  This was in August, 1836.
By this removal, the saints lost nearly all they had obtained during  the previous three years which they had resided in ; be sides much abuse at the hand of the wretches who had risen up in  arms against them. At the succeeding session of the legislature, there  was a new county laid off, embracing the before mentioned tract of  land, called . A town was soon laid off and incorporated,  called “;” and in one year, there were one hundred and  fifty houses built,—besides, nearly the whole was entered, or  at least that part of it which could be cultivated; as there was a great  scarcity of timber in the
In all these operations, there was no pretence to law; they openly  declared that they put the law at defiance, saying, “we are the law,  and what we say is the constitution.”
The saints being once more settled, they commenced improving the  country, which was so great a contrast to the general idleness and  lazy habits of , which any person with the least discernment  could readily discover. This soon began to excite the jealousies of  the surrounding counties; for nothing can so much excite the jealousy  of that people, nor awaken their indignation so much, as to have an  intelligent, industrious and enterprising people, settle any where in [p. 14]
were honored and cherished for it, and that by the , the Judges and the Justices of the Peace; many of whom were leaders in it. An attempt was made to prosecute two men, one was by the name of Hayden, the other by the name of Oldham; who met a young man on the road, by the name of Charles Hubbard, and beat him in a most cruel manner! An aged man by the name of Lewis Scott, seeing the abuse, entered a prosecution against them; but when the fellows were brought for trial, the court acquitted them on the ground that there were only two persons engaged in it. The fact of the abuse was never denied; but , yes, reader, the worthy , decided that there was no cause of action; because there were not more than two persons engaged in it. So much for this righteous judge. I give this as a sample of the manner in which the laws were executed in , under the jurisdiction of , and his faithful satelite and attorney, , who has since, for this, and like acts of legality, been appointed judge of a circuit court.
The matter being fairly put to the test, that the civil authorities of were destitute of principle—of a sense of honor—of regard to their oaths, and of respect for their laws; the saints had to submit to their fate; while they were whipped, and again driven from their homes.
The mediating party which had risen up, appointed a committee to correspond with a committee of the saints, in order to find a location for the saints to settle, and again remove from the midst of their enemies. Some short time previous to this, a number of them had made some considerable purchases of lands, on a stream called , in the territory of . The two committees started to seek out a place for the removal, when they came to the tract of land which had been purchased. It was agreed that that should be the place of settlement. So the settlement commenced immediately. This was in August, 1836.
By this removal, the saints lost nearly all they had obtained during the previous three years which they had resided in ; besides much abuse at the hand of the wretches who had risen up in arms against them. At the succeeding session of the legislature, there was a new county laid off, embracing the before mentioned tract of land, called . A town was soon laid off and incorporated, called “;” and in one year, there were one hundred and fifty houses built,—besides, nearly the whole was entered, or at least that part of it which could be cultivated; as there was a great scarcity of timber in the
In all these operations, there was no pretence to law; they openly declared that they put the law at defiance, saying, “we are the law, and what we say is the constitution.”
The saints being once more settled, they commenced improving the country, which was so great a contrast to the general idleness and lazy habits of , which any person with the least discernment could readily discover. This soon began to excite the jealousies of the surrounding counties; for nothing can so much excite the jealousy of that people, nor awaken their indignation so much, as to have an intelligent, industrious and enterprising people, settle any where in [p. 14]
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