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

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AUTHOR’S PREFACE.
 
TO THE PUBLIC.
In presenting the following narrative to the American People, it is the in tention of the , to present facts. and only facts. He does not pretend  to be personally acquainted with all the particulars written in the following  account, or with but few of them, except those which took place from the 4th  of April, 1838; but he has documents on hand, from those who were eye- witnesses to the whole scene, from the commencement in ,  until the close.
From these documents, the greater part of which, have been attested under  oath; and the remainder will be, as soon as the writers are called on for it,  that the public may rely on its truth. It is only an extract from those docu ments, and a limited one too: If all the account had been detailed in full, it  would have made this a large volume.
The was induced to undertake this work, on account of the many  inquiries which were made, and the many false reports which had been put in  circulation, about our persecutions in .
It is now presented to the public, claiming no merit but truth; but  should it disabuse the public mind, and give it a fair understanding of  the matters and things therein contained, and gratify the inquirer, the   will have accomplished his object.
The work is, therefore, submitted to the public, by their humble ser vant,
THE .
 
At a conference of the Church of Latter Day Saints, held in , Illi nois, on Friday, the first day of November, 1839, the Manuscript of the  following History of said Church was read and approved of, and was  duly authorized by a vote of said Conference, to be published.
JOSEPH SMITH, Jr.,)Presidents of  said Church.
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,)
Attest,
, Clerk. [p. [ii]]
AUTHOR’S PREFACE.
 
TO THE PUBLIC.
In presenting the following narrative to the American People, it is the intention of the , to present facts. and only facts. He does not pretend to be personally acquainted with all the particulars written in the following account, or with but few of them, except those which took place from the 4th of April, 1838; but he has documents on hand, from those who were eye-witnesses to the whole scene, from the commencement in , until the close.
From these documents, the greater part of which, have been attested under oath; and the remainder will be, as soon as the writers are called on for it, that the public may rely on its truth. It is only an extract from those documents, and a limited one too: If all the account had been detailed in full, it would have made this a large volume.
The was induced to undertake this work, on account of the many inquiries which were made, and the many false reports which had been put in circulation, about our persecutions in .
It is now presented to the public, claiming no merit but truth; but should it disabuse the public mind, and give it a fair understanding of the matters and things therein contained, and gratify the inquirer, the will have accomplished his object.
The work is, therefore, submitted to the public, by their humble servant,
THE .
 
At a conference of the Church of Latter Day Saints, held in , Illinois, on Friday, the first day of November, 1839, the Manuscript of the following History of said Church was read and approved of, and was duly authorized by a vote of said Conference, to be published.
JOSEPH SMITH, Jr.,)Presidents of said Church.
,)
,)
Attest,
, Clerk. [p. [ii]]
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