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

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appointment, to become our servants and the servants of the public in dis tant and foreign countries for Christ’s sake, we do confidently recommend  them to all religious and christian people, and to ladies and gentlemen  making no profession, as worthy members of society, possessing much zeal  to promote the happiness of mankind; fully believing that they will be for ward to render them all the pecuniary aid they need, to accomplish this  laborious and hazardous mission, for the general good of the human fami ly. Ministers of every denomination upon whom these gentlemen shall  call, are requested to hold up their hands, and aid them by their influence,  with an assurance that such as do this shall have the prayers and blessings  of a “poor and an afflicted people,” who have tested the depths of their  sincerity, and love for their religion, by the sacrifice of their blood upon a  land, shadowed by the stripes and stars of political and religious liberty.
Given under our hands at the time and place before mentioned.”
(Signed.) JOSEPH SMITH, Jr., Chairman.
, Clerk.
 
From the of :
, Illinois, April 30th, 1840.
Having been informed that the Rev’s. and ,  elders in the church denominated Latter Day Saints, are about to depart  on their mission to Europe—and having heard the former gentleman  preach—and having been made acquainted to some extent with the char acters of both, it affords me pleasure to say, that I was much pleased with  the sermon delivered by ; and the reputation of both gentlemen  for talents and christian-like deportment, so far as I have been ac quainted, are unexceptionable; and as such, believe them to be entitled  to the respect and kind treatment of all.
(Signed.) ,
Governor of .
 
OF NORTH AMERICA,) ss:
State of ,)
I, Alexander P. Field, Secretary of State, of the State of , one  of the of North America, and keeper of the great seal of  said , do hereby certify that , took and signed,  the foregoing certificate, is now, and was at the time of signing the same,   of the aforesaid, duly elected and qualified to office, with  full power by the laws of this to issue certificates as aforesaid; that  said certificate is in due form of law, and that full faith and credit are due his official attestations.
L. S.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and  the great seal of State, at the city of , this  twenty-second day of May, in the year of our Lord,  one thousand, eight hundred and forty, and of the in dependence of the , the sixty-fourth.
(Signed.) A. P. FIELD,
Secretary of State.
 
We have many more letters from respectable gentlemen; but we deem  the foregoing quite sufficient to be inserted in this work, the original of  which may be seen by any person wishing it.
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, Ohio, July 11th, 1840. [p. vi]
appointment, to become our servants and the servants of the public in distant and foreign countries for Christ’s sake, we do confidently recommend them to all religious and christian people, and to ladies and gentlemen making no profession, as worthy members of society, possessing much zeal to promote the happiness of mankind; fully believing that they will be forward to render them all the pecuniary aid they need, to accomplish this laborious and hazardous mission, for the general good of the human family. Ministers of every denomination upon whom these gentlemen shall call, are requested to hold up their hands, and aid them by their influence, with an assurance that such as do this shall have the prayers and blessings of a “poor and an afflicted people,” who have tested the depths of their sincerity, and love for their religion, by the sacrifice of their blood upon a land, shadowed by the stripes and stars of political and religious liberty.
Given under our hands at the time and place before mentioned.”
(Signed.) JOSEPH SMITH, Jr., Chairman.
, Clerk.
 
From the of :
, Illinois, April 30th, 1840.
Having been informed that the Rev’s. and , elders in the church denominated Latter Day Saints, are about to depart on their mission to Europe—and having heard the former gentleman preach—and having been made acquainted to some extent with the characters of both, it affords me pleasure to say, that I was much pleased with the sermon delivered by ; and the reputation of both gentlemen for talents and christian-like deportment, so far as I have been acquainted, are unexceptionable; and as such, believe them to be entitled to the respect and kind treatment of all.
(Signed.) ,
Governor of .
 
OF NORTH AMERICA,) ss:
State of ,)
I, Alexander P. Field, Secretary of State, of the State of , one of the of North America, and keeper of the great seal of said , do hereby certify that , took and signed, the foregoing certificate, is now, and was at the time of signing the same, of the aforesaid, duly elected and qualified to office, with full power by the laws of this to issue certificates as aforesaid; that said certificate is in due form of law, and that full faith and credit are duehis official attestations.
L. S.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and the great seal of State, at the city of , this twenty-second day of May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and forty, and of the independence of the , the sixty-fourth.
(Signed.) A. P. FIELD,
Secretary of State.
 
We have many more letters from respectable gentlemen; but we deem the foregoing quite sufficient to be inserted in this work, the original of which may be seen by any person wishing it.
.
.
, Ohio, July 11th, 1840. [p. vi]
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