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

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aloud for assistance, as he fled from them; and they were on the very eve of stabbing him. A man named , seized a billet of wood, and ran furiously upon them, knocking down all he came to, until the rest fled before him, and he rescued Steward out of their hands, having with his own hands whipped some twenty men. The total number of the Saints in this affray did not exceed ten; that of the mob, from fifty to a hundred.
The mob then dispatched a number of their gang to get guns and ammunition, swearing that they would kill all the Saints they could find, or drive them out of , sparing neither men, women or children. The Saints left the ground and went home: few if any of them having voted.
Having in possession several affidavits concerning the election in , we here insert them.
State of ,) ss:
County of ,)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the county of aforesaid, personally appeared Samuel Brown, who, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That on the 6th day of August, in the year of our Lord, 1838, in the town of , in the county of , and aforesaid, that at the election in the aforesaid, one did make a speech at said election, in the which he represented the heads of the Church of Latter Day Saints, as being liars, counterfeiters, and scoundrels; and that the members of said church, were dupes; and not too good to take a false oath, on any common occasion; that they would steal their property, and that their property he did not consider safe; and that he was opposed to their settling there, and ever would be: and sundry other things, which were calculated to inflame the minds of those present: from which time there appeared to be much excitement against the Saints, and some hard sayings. One Richard Weldon said that the Saints were not allowed to vote in no more than the damned negroes: and the said Weldon made an attempt to strike said deponent, who stept out of the way: In the second attempt to strike, one Mr. [Perry] Durfee, a Mormon, stepped in and prevented him, holding his arm; and immediately about five or six of those excited against the Mormons, commenced holding and beating said Durfee with clubs and boards, saying kill him, kill him, God damn him, kill him; immediately after which, the fight commenced on both sides, with and without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the name of [Jackson] Steward, received a cut with a knife or dirk. And further, the said deponent saith, there was, as he considered, no insult offered to said Weldon before he attempted to strike; and that the conversation immediately previous to his attempting to strike, was, that the deponent said to Weldon, “that we would give no man an insult; we will use every man well, and are determined to be used well.” And further, this deponent saith not.
(Signed) SAMUEL BROWN.
Sworn and subscribed to, this fifth day of September, A.D. 1838.
(Signed) ,
One of the Justices of the County Court. [p. 17]
aloud for assistance, as he fled from them; and they were on the very eve of stabbing him. A man named , seized a billet of wood, and ran furiously upon them, knocking down all he came to, until the rest fled before him, and he rescued Steward out of their hands, having with his own hands whipped some twenty men. The total number of the Saints in this affray did not exceed ten; that of the mob, from fifty to a hundred.
The mob then dispatched a number of their gang to get guns and ammunition, swearing that they would kill all the Saints they could find, or drive them out of , sparing neither men, women or children. The Saints left the ground and went home: few if any of them having voted.
Having in possession several affidavits concerning the election in , we here insert them.
State of ,) ss:
County of ,)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the county of aforesaid, personally appeared Samuel Brown, who, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That on the 6th day of August, in the year of our Lord, 1838, in the town of , in the county of , and aforesaid, that at the election in the aforesaid, one did make a speech at said election, in the which he represented the heads of the Church of Latter Day Saints, as being liars, counterfeiters, and scoundrels; and that the members of said church, were dupes; and not too good to take a false oath, on any common occasion; that they would steal their property, and that their property he did not consider safe; and that he was opposed to their settling there, and ever would be: and sundry other things, which were calculated to inflame the minds of those present: from which time there appeared to be much excitement against the Saints, and some hard sayings. One Richard Weldon said that the Saints were not allowed to vote in no more than the damned negroes: and the said Weldon made an attempt to strike said deponent, who stept out of the way: In the second attempt to strike, one Mr. Perry Durfee, a Mormon, stepped in and prevented him, holding his arm; and immediately about five or six of those excited against the Mormons, commenced holding and beating said Durfee with clubs and boards, saying kill him, kill him, God damn him, kill him; immediately after which, the fight commenced on both sides, with and without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the name of Jackson Steward, received a cut with a knife or dirk. And further, the said deponent saith, there was, as he considered, no insult offered to said Weldon before he attempted to strike; and that the conversation immediately previous to his attempting to strike, was, that the deponent said to Weldon, “that we would give no man an insult; we will use every man well, and are determined to be used well.” And further, this deponent saith not.
(Signed) SAMUEL BROWN.
Sworn and subscribed to, this fifth day of September, A.D. 1838.
(Signed) ,
One of the Justices of the County Court. [p. 17]
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