Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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saints left the ground and went home: few if any of them  having voted.
Having in possession several affidavits concerning the  election in , we here insert them.
State of ,) ss.
County of .)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the Coun ty Court, within and for the County of aforesaid,  personally appeared Samuel Brown, who, being duly  sworn, deposeth and saith: That on the 6th day of August,  in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and  thirty eight, in the town of , in the County of  , and aforesaid, that at the election in the   aforesaid, one did make a speech,  at said election; in the which, he represented the heads  of the Church of Latter Day Saints, as being liars, Coun terfeiters, and scoundrels; and that the members of said  Church, were dupes; and not too good to take a false  oath, on any common occasion; that they would steal  their property, and that their property he did not consid er safe; and that he was opposed to their settling there,  and ever would be: And sundry other things, which  were calculated to inflame the minds of those present:  from which time, there appeared to be much excitement  against the saints, and some hard sayings. One Richard  Weldon said that the saints were not allowed to vote, in  , no more than the damned Negroes: and  the said Weldon made an attempt to strike said de ponent, who stepped out of the way: In the second at tempt to strike, one Mr. [Perry] Durfee, a Mormon, stept in, and  prevented him, holding his arm; and immediately, about  five or six of those excited against the Mormons, commenc ed holding and beating said Durfee, with clubs and boards,  saying kill him, kill him, God damn him, kill him: immedi ately after which, the fight commenced on both sides, with,  and without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the  name of [Jackson] Steward, received a cut with a knife or dirk.  And further, the said deponent saith; there was, as he consid ered, no insult offered to said Weldon before he attempt ed to strike; and that the conversation immediately pre vious to his attempting to strike, was, that deponent said [p. 20]
saints left the ground and went home: few if any of them having voted.
Having in possession several affidavits concerning the election in , we here insert them.
State of ,) ss.
County of .)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid, personally appeared Samuel Brown, who, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That on the 6th day of August, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, in the town of , in the County of , and aforesaid, that at the election in the aforesaid, one did make a speech, at said election; in the which, he represented the heads of the Church of Latter Day Saints, as being liars, Counterfeiters, and scoundrels; and that the members of said Church, were dupes; and not too good to take a false oath, on any common occasion; that they would steal their property, and that their property he did not consider safe; and that he was opposed to their settling there, and ever would be: And sundry other things, which were calculated to inflame the minds of those present: from which time, there appeared to be much excitement against the saints, and some hard sayings. One Richard Weldon said that the saints were not allowed to vote, in , no more than the damned Negroes: and the said Weldon made an attempt to strike said deponent, who stepped out of the way: In the second attempt to strike, one Mr. Perry Durfee, a Mormon, stept in, and prevented him, holding his arm; and immediately, about five or six of those excited against the Mormons, commenced holding and beating said Durfee, with clubs and boards, saying kill him, kill him, God damn him, kill him: immediately after which, the fight commenced on both sides, with, and without clubs. One of the Mormons, so called, by the name of Jackson Steward, received a cut with a knife or dirk. And further, the said deponent saith; there was, as he considered, no insult offered to said Weldon before he attempted to strike; and that the conversation immediately previous to his attempting to strike, was, that deponent said [p. 20]
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