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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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cers and to the judge of the court to get them to send to the ,  if necessary, and put an end to the ravages of this banditti—and after  much exertion and much labor at last the judge ordered out the  militia. was ordered out as the commander-in- chief; being a major general. Brigadier Generals and  , were both ordered out with their brigades. They put their  forces under orders, and took up their line of march for ,  the scene of trouble.
On their arrival they took a position between where the mob was en camped and . Instead, however, of these generals,  which was their duty to have done, going and arresting this band of  plunderers and murderers, which they truly were, and having them  forthwith brought to justice; they went to tampering with them. The  mob complained to them that their property had been stolen and des troyed by the saints. The officers went to their houses which they  had evacuated, and found some of them open, and all their property  in them as they left it, and nothing disturbed. They continued the  investigation until they became satisfied that if any of their (the mob’s)  property was taken, they took it themselves to raise a false alarm; or  at least the officers all said so. The mob openly and fearlessly declared  to them that ‘they lived on Mormon beef and Mormon corn.’ The Saints  required of the officers that they should be arrested and brought to  justice for plundering their property; unlawfully assembling to drive  peaceable citizens from their homes, and for threatening their lives  and keeping them in fear, in open violation of the laws of the country.  When these things were pressed upon them they excused the matter  by saying that their troops were so mutinous and rebellious they dare  not venture to do it. The course they took to quell the mob, how ever, was a singular one; and if those gentlemen think that in doing as  they did they discharged their duty, and can feel as if their oath of  office required no more at their hand we have no more to say, but  will let the sovereign people give their decision, and the God of  eternity dispose of them and the matter as seemeth wisdom and jus tice in his eyes.
After tampering with them as we before stated, and after having the  fullest evidence that could be given, even that of their own testimony,  that they were a gang of thieves and plunderers, they took , the reputed leader of the gang, and united him and his com pany with their troops and called them militia, just as had  done with the mob in , and after this manoeuver, dis banded them and sent them home, as if they had been militia regu larly called out.
It would take a volume larger than our present purpose will admit  to tell all the outrages committed by this banditti of plunderers;  for it was precisely with them as it had been with the mobs of and counties. Corn-fields were laid open by them to be  destroyed by beasts, and carried off in wagon loads to feed their  horses—cattle were killed in multitudes. There were one hundred  head of cattle, belonging to the Saints, which were missing, and have  never been obtained to this day, nor heard of. Horses also were  taken that belonged to them, a great number of them, and have not  been obtained since. Some of them have since been heard of, but the [p. 24]
cers and to the judge of the court to get them to send to the , if necessary, and put an end to the ravages of this banditti—and after much exertion and much labor at last the judge ordered out the militia. was ordered out as the commander-in-chief; being a major general. Brigadier Generals and , were both ordered out with their brigades. They put their forces under orders, and took up their line of march for , the scene of trouble.
On their arrival they took a position between where the mob was encamped and . Instead, however, of these generals, which was their duty to have done, going and arresting this band of plunderers and murderers, which they truly were, and having them forthwith brought to justice; they went to tampering with them. The mob complained to them that their property had been stolen and destroyed by the saints. The officers went to their houses which they had evacuated, and found some of them open, and all their property in them as they left it, and nothing disturbed. They continued the investigation until they became satisfied that if any of their (the mob’s) property was taken, they took it themselves to raise a false alarm; or at least the officers all said so. The mob openly and fearlessly declared to them that ‘they lived on Mormon beef and Mormon corn.’ The Saints required of the officers that they should be arrested and brought to justice for plundering their property; unlawfully assembling to drive peaceable citizens from their homes, and for threatening their lives and keeping them in fear, in open violation of the laws of the country. When these things were pressed upon them they excused the matter by saying that their troops were so mutinous and rebellious they dare not venture to do it. The course they took to quell the mob, however, was a singular one; and if those gentlemen think that in doing as they did they discharged their duty, and can feel as if their oath of office required no more at their hand we have no more to say, but will let the sovereign people give their decision, and the God of eternity dispose of them and the matter as seemeth wisdom and justice in his eyes.
After tampering with them as we before stated, and after having the fullest evidence that could be given, even that of their own testimony, that they were a gang of thieves and plunderers, they took , the reputed leader of the gang, and united him and his company with their troops and called them militia, just as had done with the mob in , and after this manoeuver, disbanded them and sent them home, as if they had been militia regularly called out.
It would take a volume larger than our present purpose will admit to tell all the outrages committed by this banditti of plunderers; for it was precisely with them as it had been with the mobs of and counties. Corn-fields were laid open by them to be destroyed by beasts, and carried off in wagon loads to feed their horses—cattle were killed in multitudes. There were one hundred head of cattle, belonging to the Saints, which were missing, and have never been obtained to this day, nor heard of. Horses also were taken that belonged to them, a great number of them, and have not been obtained since. Some of them have since been heard of, but the [p. 24]
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