Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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as they pleased, and take their property; for they could  get no law in . They not only said that they  would drive them from the , but from the  also: and it was seriously talked of in , that  the saints must leave the ; and they carried it so far  as to publish their intentions in the papers.
While these war-like preparations were going on by  the mob; the saints also began to make preparations for  defence. But it was then, as before, they did not do it un til they had petitioned the for protection; when,  instead of receiving the protection sought for, they receiv ed for answer, “Vox populi, Vox Dei.” “The voice of  the people is the voice of God.” As much as to say, “If  the people say you must go, you must go.” The before  mentioned was still Governor. The  saints, finding they had nothing to expect from the author ities, but a full sanction to the acts of the mob; had no al ternative left, but to have recourse to arms.
Both parties began to assume a formidable attitude, so  much so, that it gave alarm to some of the other citizens,  who did not join with the mob: they interfered, and  tried to stop, as they said, the effusion of blood. During  this time, there was a body of armed men, from sixty to  one hundred, who, in the face of the authorities of the  country and all civil law, was ranging the , stop ping movers, driving them back, whipping and abusing the  saints wherever they could be caught; and threatening  the chastity of females. , the circuit judge,  was an eye witness to these base transactions, and under  the solemnities of an oath, to put a stop to them: so were  all the civil authorities of the country, yet, every man of  them, regardless of his oath, either took an active part in  aiding this band, or else winked at their doings. The  operations of this mob, was from the first of  May, till the last of August, 1836, from three to four months.  They did a great deal of mischief; were the cause of many  deaths: many persons were beaten most inhumanly; much  property also was destroyed; families that were moving  into the country, were sto[p]ped, many of them driven back,  and compelled to live in their wagons until houses could  be obtained; and when obtained, they were in sickly [p. 14]
as they pleased, and take their property; for they could get no law in . They not only said that they would drive them from the , but from the also: and it was seriously talked of in , that the saints must leave the ; and they carried it so far as to publish their intentions in the papers.
While these war-like preparations were going on by the mob; the saints also began to make preparations for defence. But it was then, as before, they did not do it until they had petitioned the for protection; when, instead of receiving the protection sought for, they received for answer, “Vox populi, Vox Dei.” “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” As much as to say, “If the people say you must go, you must go.” The before mentioned was still Governor. The saints, finding they had nothing to expect from the authorities, but a full sanction to the acts of the mob; had no alternative left, but to have recourse to arms.
Both parties began to assume a formidable attitude, so much so, that it gave alarm to some of the other citizens, who did not join with the mob: they interfered, and tried to stop, as they said, the effusion of blood. During this time, there was a body of armed men, from sixty to one hundred, who, in the face of the authorities of the country and all civil law, was ranging the , stopping movers, driving them back, whipping and abusing the saints wherever they could be caught; and threatening the chastity of females. , the circuit judge, was an eye witness to these base transactions, and under the solemnities of an oath, to put a stop to them: so were all the civil authorities of the country, yet, every man of them, regardless of his oath, either took an active part in aiding this band, or else winked at their doings. The operations of this mob, was from the first of May, till the last of August, 1836, from three to four months. They did a great deal of mischief; were the cause of many deaths: many persons were beaten most inhumanly; much property also was destroyed; families that were moving into the country, were stopped, many of them driven back, and compelled to live in their wagons until houses could be obtained; and when obtained, they were in sickly [p. 14]
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