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

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he swore that in he saw have a  clock in his arms. There had been a clock found in some hazel  bushes somewhere in the neighborhood of —this clock, a  man in , swore to be his—it was presented to  and swore positively that that was the clock he saw have in . Now, the truth is, that the  clock which said had belonged to another man, who had it  at that time, and has it at this, if he has not sold it; and it is now in  . This, , could have proven, if he could have  introduced his witnesses. For this he was bound over to appear at  the county court, in the sum of one thousand dollars. Another by  the name of [Andrew] Job, whose mother had gone to the house of  and swore a featherbed, which was in his house was her’s After  she got away, she said she never had a bed since she lived in , but she wanted one of “old ’s” beds. Her son came  to the court to swear against for stealing, and accordingly  swore that his mother’s bed was found in his house. The question  was asked how he knew it was his mother’s bed? He said he had  slept upon it, and he felt the stripes with his feet. His mother’s bed  had a striped tick, and the stripes went two ways; and he felt them with  his feet while lying in the bed. He was then asked if there was not  a sheet on the bed under him? He said there was, but still he felt  the stripes in the tick through the sheet so distinctly that he knew  that they went two ways, and that it was his mother’s bed, and that  was the way they found out his mother’s bed was there.  proved, in the mean time, that that same bed had been in his house  for many years. We give these as specimens of men’s swearing.  We might multiply them to a great number, but it would swell this  narrative beyond the limits allowed it—let so much suffice.
The court at last closed on the 29th of November, after a session  of two weeks and three days, and during most of the time we were  closely confined in chains. At the close of the court, and some few  days before it closed, there were a considerable number of those who  had been arrested by released. Out of that number  was , Esq., who was one of the seven who had been  carried to , and from thence to . They were  either all released or admitted to bail, except , , , , Joseph Smith, jr., and  , who were sent to Liberty, Clay county, to jail, to  stand their trial for treason and murder. The treason for having  whipped the mob out of , and taking their cannon from  them; and the murder, for the man killed in the battle. Also,  , Morris Phelps, , , and  Norman Shearer, who were put into jail, to stand their trial  for the same crimes. At this time the legislature had commenced its  sessions, and a memorial* was presented to the Senate and House of  Representatives to obtain a committee to investigate the whole affair  pertaining to the ’s order, the operations of the mob, and the  conduct and operations of the militia while at .
After much legislation, disputation, and controversy, and angry
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*See Appendix. [p. 49]
he swore that in he saw have a clock in his arms. There had been a clock found in some hazel bushes somewhere in the neighborhood of —this clock, a man in , swore to be his—it was presented to and swore positively that that was the clock he saw have in . Now, the truth is, that the clock which said had belonged to another man, who had it at that time, and has it at this, if he has not sold it; and it is now in . This, , could have proven, if he could have introduced his witnesses. For this he was bound over to appear at the county court, in the sum of one thousand dollars. Another by the name of Andrew Job, whose mother had gone to the house of and swore a featherbed, which was in his house was her’s After she got away, she said she never had a bed since she lived in , but she wanted one of “old ’s” beds. Her son came to the court to swear against for stealing, and accordingly swore that his mother’s bed was found in his house. The question was asked how he knew it was his mother’s bed? He said he had slept upon it, and he felt the stripes with his feet. His mother’s bed had a striped tick, and the stripes went two ways; and he felt them with his feet while lying in the bed. He was then asked if there was not a sheet on the bed under him? He said there was, but still he felt the stripes in the tick through the sheet so distinctly that he knew that they went two ways, and that it was his mother’s bed, and that was the way they found out his mother’s bed was there. proved, in the mean time, that that same bed had been in his house for many years. We give these as specimens of men’s swearing. We might multiply them to a great number, but it would swell this narrative beyond the limits allowed it—let so much suffice.
The court at last closed on the 29th of November, after a session of two weeks and three days, and during most of the time we were closely confined in chains. At the close of the court, and some few days before it closed, there were a considerable number of those who had been arrested by released. Out of that number was , Esq., who was one of the seven who had been carried to , and from thence to . They were either all released or admitted to bail, except , , , , Joseph Smith, jr., and , who were sent to Liberty, Clay county, to jail, to stand their trial for treason and murder. The treason for having whipped the mob out of , and taking their cannon from them; and the murder, for the man killed in the battle. Also, , Morris Phelps, , , and Norman Shearer, who were put into jail, to stand their trial for the same crimes. At this time the legislature had commenced its sessions, and a memorial* was presented to the Senate and House of Representatives to obtain a committee to investigate the whole affair pertaining to the ’s order, the operations of the mob, and the conduct and operations of the militia while at .
After much legislation, disputation, and controversy, and angry
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*See Appendix. [p. 49]
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