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

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APPENDIX.
 
copy of a memorial to the legislature of .
To the Honorable Legislature of the State of , in Senate and  House of Representatives convened.
We, the undersigned petitioners, inhabitants of ,  Missouri, in consequence of the late calamity that has come upon us,  taken in connection with former afflictions, feel it a duty we owe to  ourselves and our , to lay our case before your honorable body  for consideration.
It is a well known fact, that a society of our people commenced  settling in , Missouri, in the summer of 1831, where  they, according to their ability, purchased lands and settled upon them  with the intention of becoming permanent citizens in common with  others.
Soon after the settlement began, persecution began, and as the so ciety increased, persecution also increased, until the society at last  was compelled to leave the . And although an account of  these persecutions has been published to the world, yet we feel that  it will not be improper to notice a few of the most prominent items  in this memorial.
On the 20th of July, 1833, a mob convened at , a  committee of which called upon a few of the men of our church there,  and stated to them that the , , and indeed all other  mechanic shops must be closed forthwith, and the society leave the   immediately. These propositions were so unexpected, that a  certain time was asked for to consider on the subject before an an swer should be returned, which was refused, and our men being indi vidually interrogated, each one answered that he could not consent to  comply with their propositions. One of the mob replied that he was  sorry, for the work of destruction would commence immediately. In  a short time, the , which was a two story building, was  assailed by the mob and soon thrown down, and with it much valu able property destroyed. Next they went to the for the same  purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it,  they abandoned their design. Their next move was the dragging of   from his house and family to the public square,  where, surrounded by hundreds, they partially stripped him of his  clothes, and tarred and feathered him from head to foot. A man by  the name of was also tarred at the same time. This was Sat urday, and the mob agreed to meet the following Tuesday, to accom plish their purpose of driving or massacreing the society. Tuesday [p. 53]

APPENDIX.
 
copy of a memorial to the legislature of .
To the Honorable Legislature of the State of , in Senate and House of Representatives convened.
We, the undersigned petitioners, inhabitants of , Missouri, in consequence of the late calamity that has come upon us, taken in connection with former afflictions, feel it a duty we owe to ourselves and our , to lay our case before your honorable body for consideration.
It is a well known fact, that a society of our people commenced settling in , Missouri, in the summer of 1831, where they, according to their ability, purchased lands and settled upon them with the intention of becoming permanent citizens in common with others.
Soon after the settlement began, persecution began, and as the society increased, persecution also increased, until the society at last was compelled to leave the . And although an account of these persecutions has been published to the world, yet we feel that it will not be improper to notice a few of the most prominent items in this memorial.
On the 20th of July, 1833, a mob convened at , a committee of which called upon a few of the men of our church there, and stated to them that the , , and indeed all other mechanic shops must be closed forthwith, and the society leave the immediately. These propositions were so unexpected, that a certain time was asked for to consider on the subject before an answer should be returned, which was refused, and our men being individually interrogated, each one answered that he could not consent to comply with their propositions. One of the mob replied that he was sorry, for the work of destruction would commence immediately. In a short time, the , which was a two story building, was assailed by the mob and soon thrown down, and with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went to the for the same purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they abandoned their design. Their next move was the dragging of from his house and family to the public square, where, surrounded by hundreds, they partially stripped him of his clothes, and tarred and feathered him from head to foot. A man by the name of was also tarred at the same time. This was Saturday, and the mob agreed to meet the following Tuesday, to accomplish their purpose of driving or massacreing the society. Tuesday [p. 53]
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