Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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others not recollected. They accordingly went to the  house of , who received them unfriendly, looked  upon their visit as a high insult, and refused to give them  any satisfaction. This, tended to confirm the report, that  he was head of a mob—it created some uneasiness. Quite  a number of persons, in the course of the day, went to a  spring of water which was near his house, to drink, and  also to get water for their horses. Dr. , and a  number of others, went into his house and again interro gated him respecting the mob, and some angry words  passed between them. , sent for Mr. Joseph Smith  Jr., who was at the spring, to come into the house; ac cordingly he came in, the matter was talked over;  denied having any thing to do with the mob, and said he nev er would have; and that as a peace officer, he felt himself  bound, as much to do justice to the saints, as to other citi zens, and he would do it. Mr. Smith then asked him, if  he had any objections to signing a paper to that effect,  so that it might be had for the benefit of those who enter tained fears on this matter. He said he had not, accord ingly he wrote the following note. We give it here with out any alteration in orthography, or composition.
“I , a justice of the peace of , do hereby sertify to the people coled Mormin, that he  is bound to suport the constitution of this , and of  the , and he is not attached to any mob nor  will not attach himself to any such people. And so long  as they will not molest me, I will not molest them.
This the 8th day of August, 1838.
(Signed) , J. P.”
After this transaction, the company returned to the  village, where many of the saints lived, called , to the house of Col. . Shortly after their  return to the house of , three presons came from  Millport—the whole matter was talked over, and it was  agreed that there should be a committee chosen from  among the people of Millport and vicinity; and also a  committee appointed of the inhabitants of , to meet at , and have all the affairs  completely understood, and have peace. The committees  accordingly met. On the part of the people of Millport, [p. 24]
others not recollected. They accordingly went to the house of , who received them unfriendly, looked upon their visit as a high insult, and refused to give them any satisfaction. This, tended to confirm the report, that he was head of a mob—it created some uneasiness. Quite a number of persons, in the course of the day, went to a spring of water which was near his house, to drink, and also to get water for their horses. Dr. , and a number of others, went into his house and again interrogated him respecting the mob, and some angry words passed between them. , sent for Mr. Joseph Smith Jr., who was at the spring, to come into the house; accordingly he came in, the matter was talked over; denied having any thing to do with the mob, and said he never would have; and that as a peace officer, he felt himself bound, as much to do justice to the saints, as to other citizens, and he would do it. Mr. Smith then asked him, if he had any objections to signing a paper to that effect, so that it might be had for the benefit of those who entertained fears on this matter. He said he had not, accordingly he wrote the following note. We give it here without any alteration in orthography, or composition.
“I , a justice of the peace of , do hereby sertify to the people coled Mormin, that he is bound to suport the constitution of this , and of the , and he is not attached to any mob nor will not attach himself to any such people. And so long as they will not molest me, I will not molest them.
This the 8th day of August, 1838.
(Signed) , J. P.”
After this transaction, the company returned to the village, where many of the saints lived, called , to the house of Col. . Shortly after their return to the house of , three presons came from Millport—the whole matter was talked over, and it was agreed that there should be a committee chosen from among the people of Millport and vicinity; and also a committee appointed of the inhabitants of , to meet at , and have all the affairs completely understood, and have peace. The committees accordingly met. On the part of the people of Millport, [p. 24]
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