Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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—who has been ordered with five hundred men, to  proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting  the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have  been directed to communicate with you by express. You  can also communicate with them if you find it neces sary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first direct ed to re-instate the citizens of in their houses,  you will proceed immediately to , and there  operate against the Mormons.  of , has been ordered to have four hundred of his  Brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole  force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.
To .
This order of ’, was given, as he, and the whole  band of them pretended, in consequence of the  battle: pretending that he had been sent there, by legal  authority. Now, for this legal business. came  into , without any legal authority whatever, and  committed all his outrages: but after he had committed  them, he sends a messenger to , for au thority. sets down and sends him a writing,  authorizing him to guard the line, between the Counties  of and . ’s order to , was copied by Samuel Tillary [Tillery] after dark, on the  evening before the battle was fought, and that was fought  before daylight the next morning, and the letter had to  be carried some thirty or forty miles. Here was another  piece of legerdemain. was turned into militia, to  hide up his wickedness. We had this account from the  mouth of Samuel Tillary; he is Clerk of the Circuit Court  in and acts as clerk for .
Let the reader particularly notice, that this , was well acquainted with the operations of the  mob, for the space of five years; having been the leader  of it once himself, at the time it raged in ; and had been petitioned, again and again, after he  was Governor, to stop its ravages; and in every instance  refused to do it. He now perfectly knew that the whole  difficulty, had originated in consequence of its violence [p. 48]
—who has been ordered with five hundred men, to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first directed to re-instate the citizens of in their houses, you will proceed immediately to , and there operate against the Mormons. of , has been ordered to have four hundred of his Brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.
To .
This order of ’, was given, as he, and the whole band of them pretended, in consequence of the battle: pretending that he had been sent there, by legal authority. Now, for this legal business. came into , without any legal authority whatever, and committed all his outrages: but after he had committed them, he sends a messenger to , for authority. sets down and sends him a writing, authorizing him to guard the line, between the Counties of and . ’s order to , was copied by Samuel Tillary Tillery after dark, on the evening before the battle was fought, and that was fought before daylight the next morning, and the letter had to be carried some thirty or forty miles. Here was another piece of legerdemain. was turned into militia, to hide up his wickedness. We had this account from the mouth of Samuel Tillary; he is Clerk of the Circuit Court in and acts as clerk for .
Let the reader particularly notice, that this , was well acquainted with the operations of the mob, for the space of five years; having been the leader of it once himself, at the time it raged in ; and had been petitioned, again and again, after he was Governor, to stop its ravages; and in every instance refused to do it. He now perfectly knew that the whole difficulty, had originated in consequence of its violence [p. 48]
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