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

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crimes—but you are now at liberty, all but such as charges may be  hereafter preferred against. It now devolves upon you to fulfil the  treaty that you have entered into, the leading items of which I now  lay before you. The first of these you have already complied with,  which is, that you deliver up your leading men to be tried according  to law. Second, that you deliver up your arms—this has been atten ded to. The third is, that you sign over your properties to defray the  expenses of war—this you have also done. Another thing yet re mains for you to comply with: that is, that you leave the forth with; and whatever your feelings concerning this affair, whatever  your innocence, it is nothing to me. , who is equal in  authority with me, has made this treaty with you. I am determined  to see it executed. The orders of the to me were that you  should be exterminated, and not allowed to continue in the ; and  had your leader not been given up, and the treaty complied with be fore this, you and your families would have been destroyed and your  houses in ashes.
There is a discretionary power vested in my hands which I shall  try to exercise for a season. I did not say that you shall go now  but you must not think of staying here another season or of put ting in crops; for the moment you do, the citizens will he [be] upon  you. I am determined to see the ’s Message fulfilled,  but shall not come upon you immediately—do not think that I  shall act as I have done any more—but if I have to come again,  because the treaty which you have made here shall be broken,  you need not expect any mercy, but extermination—for I am  determined the ’s order shall be executed. As for your  leaders, do not once think—do not imagine for a moment—do  not let it enter your mind, that they will be delivered, or that  you will see their faces again, for their fate is fixed, their die is  cast—their doom is sealed.
I am sorry, gentlemen, to see so great a number of apparently  intelligent men found in the situation that you are; and, oh! that  I could invoke the spirit of the unknown God to rest upon you,  and deliver you from that awful chain of superstition, and liberate  you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound.  I would advise you to scatter abroad and never again organize  with Bishops, Presidents, &c., lest you excite the jealousies of  the people, and subject yourselves to the same calamities that  have come upon you. You have always been the aggres sors—you have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being  disaffected, and not being subject to rule—and my advice is that  you become as other citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events  you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.
 
affidavit of .
 
, witness for the defendants, being sworn, depo seth and saith, that sometime in the forepart of October last,  while on his way from , some two or three days after the  Church of Latter Day Saints left for , in com [p. 59]
crimes—but you are now at liberty, all but such as charges may be hereafter preferred against. It now devolves upon you to fulfil the treaty that you have entered into, the leading items of which I now lay before you. The first of these you have already complied with, which is, that you deliver up your leading men to be tried according to law. Second, that you deliver up your arms—this has been attended to. The third is, that you sign over your properties to defray the expenses of war—this you have also done. Another thing yet remains for you to comply with: that is, that you leave the forthwith; and whatever your feelings concerning this affair, whatever your innocence, it is nothing to me. , who is equal in authority with me, has made this treaty with you. I am determined to see it executed. The orders of the to me were that you should be exterminated, and not allowed to continue in the ; and had your leader not been given up, and the treaty complied with before this, you and your families would have been destroyed and your houses in ashes.
There is a discretionary power vested in my hands which I shall try to exercise for a season. I did not say that you shall go now but you must not think of staying here another season or of putting in crops; for the moment you do, the citizens will he [be] upon you. I am determined to see the ’s Message fulfilled, but shall not come upon you immediately—do not think that I shall act as I have done any more—but if I have to come again, because the treaty which you have made here shall be broken, you need not expect any mercy, but extermination—for I am determined the ’s order shall be executed. As for your leaders, do not once think—do not imagine for a moment—do not let it enter your mind, that they will be delivered, or that you will see their faces again, for their fate is fixed, their die is cast—their doom is sealed.
I am sorry, gentlemen, to see so great a number of apparently intelligent men found in the situation that you are; and, oh! that I could invoke the spirit of the unknown God to rest upon you, and deliver you from that awful chain of superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound. I would advise you to scatter abroad and never again organize with Bishops, Presidents, &c., lest you excite the jealousies of the people, and subject yourselves to the same calamities that have come upon you. You have always been the aggressors—you have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not being subject to rule—and my advice is that you become as other citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.
 
affidavit of .
 
, witness for the defendants, being sworn, deposeth and saith, that sometime in the forepart of October last, while on his way from , some two or three days after the Church of Latter Day Saints left for , in com [p. 59]
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