Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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entered in other parts of the , in such parts of the   as had come into market; besides, a large number  of improvements were bought, under the expectation of  getting pre-emption rights. The mob spirit which first  made its appearance in , for a season  seemed to sleep, and there was no hindrance offered to  the settlements, which were increasing very fast. All  parties remained quiet; many of those, who had been en gaged in the first mob in , came forward and made  confession of their wrongs; and all, so far as was  concerned, was peace: but , , Clinton and Platt  kept up a continual threatening, until it could not be borne  any longer: and the saints openly declared that it should  cease, for they would suffer it no longer. No person  should come into the streets of as they had been  accustomed to do, and there threaten the people with  mobs. This had the desired effect; it ceased, and no per sons ventured to do so any more. But the before men tioned counties kept up a continual threatening at home,  whenever they saw any of the people of .
This order of things continued without any violence,  until the election which took place in August of 1838.  The saints had been in from the Aug.  of 1836, making two years.
Threatenings were making that they should not vote  at the election. Not only was it threatened that they  should not vote in , but there were insinua tions thrown out, that there would be a mob in  to prevent the people there from voting. There were no  great fears, however, entertained that any attempt of the  kind would be made. The election at last came on; and  the saints went to discharge what they considered, not only  a privilege, but a duty also. One of the candidates for  representative in , was by the name of  , a very ignorant, ambitious creature,  who was determined to carry his election if possible, and  that at all hazards, whether the people were willing to  elect him or not. Those who were not willing to vote for  him, he determined by the force of mob law, to prevent  from voting.
It may not however be amiss here to give an account [p. 17]
entered in other parts of the , in such parts of the as had come into market; besides, a large number of improvements were bought, under the expectation of getting pre-emption rights. The mob spirit which first made its appearance in , for a season seemed to sleep, and there was no hindrance offered to the settlements, which were increasing very fast. All parties remained quiet; many of those, who had been engaged in the first mob in , came forward and made confession of their wrongs; and all, so far as was concerned, was peace: but , , Clinton and Platt kept up a continual threatening, until it could not be borne any longer: and the saints openly declared that it should cease, for they would suffer it no longer. No person should come into the streets of as they had been accustomed to do, and there threaten the people with mobs. This had the desired effect; it ceased, and no persons ventured to do so any more. But the before mentioned counties kept up a continual threatening at home, whenever they saw any of the people of .
This order of things continued without any violence, until the election which took place in August of 1838. The saints had been in from the Aug. of 1836, making two years.
Threatenings were making that they should not vote at the election. Not only was it threatened that they should not vote in , but there were insinuations thrown out, that there would be a mob in to prevent the people there from voting. There were no great fears, however, entertained that any attempt of the kind would be made. The election at last came on; and the saints went to discharge what they considered, not only a privilege, but a duty also. One of the candidates for representative in , was by the name of , a very ignorant, ambitious creature, who was determined to carry his election if possible, and that at all hazards, whether the people were willing to elect him or not. Those who were not willing to vote for him, he determined by the force of mob law, to prevent from voting.
It may not however be amiss here to give an account [p. 17]
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