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

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  • Historical Introduction
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, the candidate for senator and who was elected,  came to , either the evening before the election commenced,  or the first morning of the election. He staid that day, and until the  next morning. Early the second morning of the election, he said that  a gentleman, who lived in , had left late the pre ceding evening, ( was the county seat of , and  the place where the election was held) and that there had been a  serious affray at the election in ; that the mob had tried to  stop the Saints from voting; and in order to accomplish their object,  had killed two of them, and their bodies were lying on the ground,  and that they would not let their friends have them for burial; and  that one other man had fled into the woods, badly wounded; supposed  to be dead, as he had not been heard of, after he disappeared among  the bushes. This created a great feeling, and of course much excite ment. A physician, who resided in , by the name of , called for volunteers, declared that he would have the  bodies of those persons who had been killed, and bury them; and  have the man that was lost, or die in the attempt. The report coming  from , a resident of the , and the successful candidate for  the senate, no doubt was entertained of its truth. A company  was raised consisting, if we recollect right, of about seventeen per sons, who left for the express object of getting the bodies  of the dead. Through the course of the day, there was probably  to the number of fifty persons, all going to enquire after their friends,  for it was unknown to the people of , who of their friends  were killed; for no doubt was entertained but some of them were  dead.
When the company arrived there, they found the report not  true: there had been a great difficulty; but no lives lost that was  known of. But there was nothing heard but threatening—men  were passing through the village, which had been laid off, by the  saints, threatening them, that in three days they should all be  driven out and the property taken as spoil. It was reported, and  that by themselves, too, that there was a large mob gathering at  Millport, a small village in ; and that , formerly a Justice of the Peace, and had at the election,  been elected one of the County Judges, was at the head of it. It  was thought best, seeing he was a peace officer, to go and inquire  into the affair. The said , had, a short time before  this, sold his possessions to one of the saints, by the name of , and had received two hundred dollars, as part of  the payment. A committee was appointed, consisting of five or  six persons; the names of three of them, were ,  , and ; the names of the others  not recollected. They accordingly went to the house of , who received them unfriendly, looked upon their visit as  a high insult, and refused to give them any satisfaction. This,  tended to confirm the report, that he was head of a mob—it crea ted some uneasiness. Quite a number of persons, in the course  of the day, went to a spring of water which was near his house,  to drink, and also to get water for their horses. Dr. ,  and a number of others, went into his house and again interroga [p. 19]
, the candidate for senator and who was elected, came to , either the evening before the election commenced, or the first morning of the election. He staid that day, and until the next morning. Early the second morning of the election, he said that a gentleman, who lived in , had left late the preceding evening, ( was the county seat of , and the place where the election was held) and that there had been a serious affray at the election in ; that the mob had tried to stop the Saints from voting; and in order to accomplish their object, had killed two of them, and their bodies were lying on the ground, and that they would not let their friends have them for burial; and that one other man had fled into the woods, badly wounded; supposed to be dead, as he had not been heard of, after he disappeared among the bushes. This created a great feeling, and of course much excitement. A physician, who resided in , by the name of , called for volunteers, declared that he would have the bodies of those persons who had been killed, and bury them; and have the man that was lost, or die in the attempt. The report coming from , a resident of the , and the successful candidate for the senate, no doubt was entertained of its truth. A company was raised consisting, if we recollect right, of about seventeen persons, who left for the express object of getting the bodies of the dead. Through the course of the day, there was probably to the number of fifty persons, all going to enquire after their friends, for it was unknown to the people of , who of their friends were killed; for no doubt was entertained but some of them were dead.
When the company arrived there, they found the report not true: there had been a great difficulty; but no lives lost that was known of. But there was nothing heard but threatening—men were passing through the village, which had been laid off, by the saints, threatening them, that in three days they should all be driven out and the property taken as spoil. It was reported, and that by themselves, too, that there was a large mob gathering at Millport, a small village in ; and that , formerly a Justice of the Peace, and had at the election, been elected one of the County Judges, was at the head of it. It was thought best, seeing he was a peace officer, to go and inquire into the affair. The said , had, a short time before this, sold his possessions to one of the saints, by the name of , and had received two hundred dollars, as part of the payment. A committee was appointed, consisting of five or six persons; the names of three of them, were , , and ; the names of the others not recollected. They accordingly went to the house of , who received them unfriendly, looked upon their visit as a high insult, and refused to give them any satisfaction. This, tended to confirm the report, that he was head of a mob—it created some uneasiness. Quite a number of persons, in the course of the day, went to a spring of water which was near his house, to drink, and also to get water for their horses. Dr. , and a number of others, went into his house and again interroga [p. 19]
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