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

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priation to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them, or  otherwise have them returned to us and the damages made good.  The losses sustained by our people in leaving are so  situated that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by  law, because those who have sustained them are unable to prove those  trespasses upon individuals. That the facts do exist, that the  buildings, crops, stock, furniture, rails, timber, &c., of the society,  have been destroyed in , is not doubted by those who  are acquainted in this upper country, and since these trespasses can not be proved upon individuals, we ask your honorable body to con sider this case, and if, in our liberality and wisdom, you can con ceive it to be proper to make an appropriation by law to these sufferers,  many of whom are still pressed down with poverty, in consequence of  their losses, would be able to pay their debts, and also in some degree  be relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widow’s heart would be  made to rejoice and the orphan’s tear measurably dried up, and the  prayers of a grateful people ascend on high, with thanksgiving and  praise to the Author of our existence for that beneficent act.
In laying our case before your honorable body, we say that we are  willing, and ever have been, to conform to the constitution and laws  of the and of this . We ask, in common with  others, the protection of the laws. We ask for the privilege guaran teed to all free citizens of the and of this to be  extended to us, that we may be permitted to settle and live where we  please, and worship God according to the dictates of our own con science without molestation. And while we ask for ourselves this  privilege we are willing all others should enjoy the same.
We now lay our case at the feet of your Legislature, and ask your  honorable body to consider it, and do for us, after mature deliberation,  that which your wisdom, patriotism and philanthropy may dictate.  And we, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.
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A committee appointed by the citizens of to draft  this memorial, and sign it in their behalf.
, Caldwell Co., Mo., Dec. 10, 1838.
 
The following address was delivered at by to the Mormons, after they had surrendered their arms and  themselves prisoners of war.
Gentlemen:—You whose names are not attached to this list of  names will now have the privilege of going to your fields to obtain  corn for your families, wood, &c. Those that are now taken will go  thence to prison, be tried, and receive the due demerit of their [p. 58]
priation to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them, or otherwise have them returned to us and the damages made good. The losses sustained by our people in leaving are so situated that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by law, because those who have sustained them are unable to prove those trespasses upon individuals. That the facts do exist, that the buildings, crops, stock, furniture, rails, timber, &c., of the society, have been destroyed in , is not doubted by those who are acquainted in this upper country, and since these trespasses cannot be proved upon individuals, we ask your honorable body to consider this case, and if, in our liberality and wisdom, you can conceive it to be proper to make an appropriation by law to these sufferers, many of whom are still pressed down with poverty, in consequence of their losses, would be able to pay their debts, and also in some degree be relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widow’s heart would be made to rejoice and the orphan’s tear measurably dried up, and the prayers of a grateful people ascend on high, with thanksgiving and praise to the Author of our existence for that beneficent act.
In laying our case before your honorable body, we say that we are willing, and ever have been, to conform to the constitution and laws of the and of this . We ask, in common with others, the protection of the laws. We ask for the privilege guaranteed to all free citizens of the and of this to be extended to us, that we may be permitted to settle and live where we please, and worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience without molestation. And while we ask for ourselves this privilege we are willing all others should enjoy the same.
We now lay our case at the feet of your Legislature, and ask your honorable body to consider it, and do for us, after mature deliberation, that which your wisdom, patriotism and philanthropy may dictate. And we, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
.
A committee appointed by the citizens of to draft this memorial, and sign it in their behalf.
, Caldwell Co., Mo., Dec. 10, 1838.
 
The following address was delivered at by to the Mormons, after they had surrendered their arms and themselves prisoners of war.
Gentlemen:—You whose names are not attached to this list of names will now have the privilege of going to your fields to obtain corn for your families, wood, &c. Those that are now taken will go thence to prison, be tried, and receive the due demerit of their [p. 58]
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