Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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places; the consequence of which was, that many, not only  sickened but died.
In , it was the same as in ; the au thorities refused to interfere, and let the mob range uncon trolled, and commit all the outrages they pleased; and so  far from any punishment, they were honored and cherished  for it, and that by the , the Judges and the Jus tices of the Peace; many of whom were leaders in it. An  attempt was made to prosecute two men, one was by the  name of Hayden, the other by the name of Oldham; who  met a young man on the road, by the name of Charles Hub bard, and beat him in a most cruel manner! An aged  man by the name of Lewis Scott, seeing the abuse, enter ed a prosecution against them; but when the fellows were  brought for trial, the court acquitted them on the ground  that there were only two persons engaged in it. The fact  of the abuse was never denied; but , yes, reader,  the worthy , decided that there was no cause  of action; because there were not more than two persons  engaged in it. So much for this righteous Judge. I give  this as a sample of the manner of which the laws were  executed in , under the jurisdiction of , and his faithful satelite and attorney, , who has since, for this, and like acts of  legality, been appointed Judge of a circuit court.
The matter being fairly put to the test, that the civil  authorities of were destitute of principle—of a  sense of honor—of regard to their oaths, and of respect for  their laws; the saints had to submit to their fate; while  they were whipped, and again driven from their homes.
The mediating party which had risen up, appointed a  committee to correspond with a committee of the saints,  in order to find a location for the saints to settle, and again  remove from the midst of their enemies. Some short time  previous to this, a number of them had made some considerable  purchases of lands, on a stream called , in the ter ritory of . The two committees started to seek  out a place for the removal, when they came to the tract of  land which had been purchased. It was agreed that, that  should be the place of settlement. So the settlement com menced immediately. This was in the August of 1836. [p. 15]
places; the consequence of which was, that many, not only sickened but died.
In , it was the same as in ; the authorities refused to interfere, and let the mob range uncontrolled, and commit all the outrages they pleased; and so far from any punishment, they were honored and cherished for it, and that by the , the Judges and the Justices of the Peace; many of whom were leaders in it. An attempt was made to prosecute two men, one was by the name of Hayden, the other by the name of Oldham; who met a young man on the road, by the name of Charles Hubbard, and beat him in a most cruel manner! An aged man by the name of Lewis Scott, seeing the abuse, entered a prosecution against them; but when the fellows were brought for trial, the court acquitted them on the ground that there were only two persons engaged in it. The fact of the abuse was never denied; but , yes, reader, the worthy , decided that there was no cause of action; because there were not more than two persons engaged in it. So much for this righteous Judge. I give this as a sample of the manner of which the laws were executed in , under the jurisdiction of , and his faithful satelite and attorney, , who has since, for this, and like acts of legality, been appointed Judge of a circuit court.
The matter being fairly put to the test, that the civil authorities of were destitute of principle—of a sense of honor—of regard to their oaths, and of respect for their laws; the saints had to submit to their fate; while they were whipped, and again driven from their homes.
The mediating party which had risen up, appointed a committee to correspond with a committee of the saints, in order to find a location for the saints to settle, and again remove from the midst of their enemies. Some short time previous to this, a number of them had made some considerable purchases of lands, on a stream called , in the territory of . The two committees started to seek out a place for the removal, when they came to the tract of land which had been purchased. It was agreed that, that should be the place of settlement. So the settlement commenced immediately. This was in the August of 1836. [p. 15]
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