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

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which was unlawful for any man to sign. He also said that Joseph  Smith, Jr., and , were part of the company. The  said , immediately issued a writ, for Messrs. Smith and  ; it was put into the hands of the Sheriff of to execute, and without his ever attempting to serve it, it was  reported that they had refused to be taken; and that the Militia  must be called out to take them, for the laws must be kept! But  instead of calling out the Militia, they went to raising a mob;  and they were gathering into in multitudes, if  their own report was to be credited; but without any legal au thority whatever. Seeing these unlawful transactions going on,  and the pretext, all the time, that the before mentioned persons  would not be taken, Messrs. Smith and , sent for and  stated to him, the matter as it was, and requested him to come  and investigate the whole case. This, agreed to do; and  accordingly the case was investigated by him, and the reports  found to be false—the fellows themselves, being witnesses.
I here give an affidavit taken during the time of this excite ment.
State of ,) ss:
County of ,)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County  Court, within and for the County of aforesaid, personal ly came, Joseph Smith Jr., who, being duly sworn according to  law, deposeth and saith, that on the 7th day of August, 1838, being  informed that an affray had taken place in , at the  election, in the town of , in which two persons were kill ed, and one person was badly wounded, and fled to the woods to  save his life; all of which were said to be persons belonging to  the society of the church of Latter Day Saints. And further, said  informant stated that those persons who committed the outrage  would not suffer the bodies of those who had been killed to be  taken off the ground and buried. These reports, with others,  one of which was that the Saints had not the privilege of voting at  the polls, as other citizens—another was, that those opposed to  the Saints were determined to drive them from .  And also that they were arming and strengthening their forces  and preparing for battle; and that the Saints were preparing and  making ready to stand in self-defence. These reports having  excited the feelings of the citizens of and vicinty, I was  invited by and some others, to go out to  to the scene of these outrages; they having previously determined  to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly,  some of the citizens, myself among the number, went out, two,  three, and four in companies, as they got ready. The reports  and excitement continued until several of those small companies  through the day were induced to follow the first; who were all  eager to learn the facts concerning this matter. We arrived in  the evening at the house of , about three miles from  , the scene of the reported outrages—here we learned [p. 21]
which was unlawful for any man to sign. He also said that Joseph Smith, Jr., and , were part of the company. The said , immediately issued a writ, for Messrs. Smith and ; it was put into the hands of the Sheriff of to execute, and without his ever attempting to serve it, it was reported that they had refused to be taken; and that the Militia must be called out to take them, for the laws must be kept! But instead of calling out the Militia, they went to raising a mob; and they were gathering into in multitudes, if their own report was to be credited; but without any legal authority whatever. Seeing these unlawful transactions going on, and the pretext, all the time, that the before mentioned persons would not be taken, Messrs. Smith and , sent for and stated to him, the matter as it was, and requested him to come and investigate the whole case. This, agreed to do; and accordingly the case was investigated by him, and the reports found to be false—the fellows themselves, being witnesses.
I here give an affidavit taken during the time of this excitement.
State of ,) ss:
County of ,)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid, personally came, Joseph Smith Jr., who, being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that on the 7th day of August, 1838, being informed that an affray had taken place in , at the election, in the town of , in which two persons were killed, and one person was badly wounded, and fled to the woods to save his life; all of which were said to be persons belonging to the society of the church of Latter Day Saints. And further, said informant stated that those persons who committed the outrage would not suffer the bodies of those who had been killed to be taken off the ground and buried. These reports, with others, one of which was that the Saints had not the privilege of voting at the polls, as other citizens—another was, that those opposed to the Saints were determined to drive them from . And also that they were arming and strengthening their forces and preparing for battle; and that the Saints were preparing and making ready to stand in self-defence. These reports having excited the feelings of the citizens of and vicinty, I was invited by and some others, to go out to to the scene of these outrages; they having previously determined to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly, some of the citizens, myself among the number, went out, two, three, and four in companies, as they got ready. The reports and excitement continued until several of those small companies through the day were induced to follow the first; who were all eager to learn the facts concerning this matter. We arrived in the evening at the house of , about three miles from , the scene of the reported outrages—here we learned [p. 21]
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