Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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  • Historical Introduction
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the settlement in Corrill: for the history of the others  which remain, is identified with the history of this settle ment, and the things which befel it.
Some time in the last week in March 1838, a man by  the name of , who was a large proprietor in  the town platt of , on the , arrived  at . He was the bearer of a letter from a Mr.  , who had been a merchant in Corrillton [Carrollton],  the county seat of Corrill County, but at the time he  wrote this letter, was living within a few miles of ,  having purchased a large tract of land at that place; say  some fourteen hundred acres. The object of ’s  visit, and the letter of which he was the bearer, was to  get some of the saints, to go to , and buy a part of  the town platt, and aid in building it up.  was acquainted with many of the people of .  During the first visit of , there was nothing done  in the matter. At this time, we were on our way, with  our family, to ; going there for the purpose of  making a home. On the evening of the 2d day of April,  stopped for the night, at the house of a man by the name  of Morrison, on Turkey Creek. There was the said , who had also put up for the night, returning home  from . He found out who we were, and then  told us that he had been to ; and what he had  been after; and also solicited our assistance, in getting  some of our people to take part in building up the town  of . Sometime afterwards, , came  on the same errand, and it was not till after repeated soli citations and assurances of all the assistance that we need ed in case of any difficulty, that there was any disposition  manifested on the part of the people of , to com ply with their request: However, after repeated solicita tions, and strong assurances given of the advantages of  the place, and the facilities which it would afford to the  settlements making in the Upper , to have a town,  and of course a landing place on the river; at length a  man by the name of , and one by the  name of , went to examine the place. It  was in June 1838, that they went to make the purchase.  After examining the place, they purchased one half of the [p. 36]
the settlement in Corrill: for the history of the others which remain, is identified with the history of this settlement, and the things which befel it.
Some time in the last week in March 1838, a man by the name of , who was a large proprietor in the town platt of , on the , arrived at . He was the bearer of a letter from a Mr. , who had been a merchant in Corrillton Carrollton, the county seat of Corrill County, but at the time he wrote this letter, was living within a few miles of , having purchased a large tract of land at that place; say some fourteen hundred acres. The object of ’s visit, and the letter of which he was the bearer, was to get some of the saints, to go to , and buy a part of the town platt, and aid in building it up. was acquainted with many of the people of . During the first visit of , there was nothing done in the matter. At this time, we were on our way, with our family, to ; going there for the purpose of making a home. On the evening of the 2d day of April, stopped for the night, at the house of a man by the name of Morrison, on Turkey Creek. There was the said , who had also put up for the night, returning home from . He found out who we were, and then told us that he had been to ; and what he had been after; and also solicited our assistance, in getting some of our people to take part in building up the town of . Sometime afterwards, , came on the same errand, and it was not till after repeated solicitations and assurances of all the assistance that we needed in case of any difficulty, that there was any disposition manifested on the part of the people of , to comply with their request: However, after repeated solicitations, and strong assurances given of the advantages of the place, and the facilities which it would afford to the settlements making in the Upper , to have a town, and of course a landing place on the river; at length a man by the name of , and one by the name of , went to examine the place. It was in June 1838, that they went to make the purchase. After examining the place, they purchased one half of the [p. 36]
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