Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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AN APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
 
The “Latter Day Saints” commenced their settlements  in , in August, 1831. The first settlement  was made in , on the west line of the  ; not far from the missionary station of the Rev.  , a Baptist missionary among the Indians.  At this time, was very thinly settled; the  quarter part of it, the settlers were what is called in the  western country, “squatters;” that is, persons who settle  on the public lands without purchasing them. Some con siderable part of had not come into market.  On these lands considerable settlements had been made;  cabins built, and some land cleared.
When the “Latter Day Saints” began to immigrate into  the country, there was a good deal of uneasiness mani fested by a certain portion of the settlers, at first; princi pally, by those who had settled on the public lands, lest  the new settlers should be disposed to purchase, at the  land sales, which were expected to take place that season,  the lands on which they had made improvements; or en ter such lands as might be subject to entry, that had been  taken possession of. But this uneasiness gradually lessen ed, until it finally died away. The sales came on, pur chases were made by every man as suited him; and no  difficulty occured: every man went to building on, and  improving his land, as seemed good to himself.
Shortly after the first settlement was made, a consider able tide of immigration set in, which continued to increase  until the summer of 1833; by this time, the immigration of the  saints was far greater than that of all others. This began  to create great uneasiness; murmurings, and complainings  were heard continually about it, and about the rapid im provements which were making in that . From  murmurings they went to holding public meetings, to take  measures to put a stop to the immigration, and not only put [p. 5]
AN APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
 
The “Latter Day Saints” commenced their settlements in , in August, 1831. The first settlement was made in , on the west line of the ; not far from the missionary station of the Rev. , a Baptist missionary among the Indians. At this time, was very thinly settled; the quarter part of it, the settlers were what is called in the western country, “squatters;” that is, persons who settle on the public lands without purchasing them. Some considerable part of had not come into market. On these lands considerable settlements had been made; cabins built, and some land cleared.
When the “Latter Day Saints” began to immigrate into the country, there was a good deal of uneasiness manifested by a certain portion of the settlers, at first; principally, by those who had settled on the public lands, lest the new settlers should be disposed to purchase, at the land sales, which were expected to take place that season, the lands on which they had made improvements; or enter such lands as might be subject to entry, that had been taken possession of. But this uneasiness gradually lessened, until it finally died away. The sales came on, purchases were made by every man as suited him; and no difficulty occured: every man went to building on, and improving his land, as seemed good to himself.
Shortly after the first settlement was made, a considerable tide of immigration set in, which continued to increase until the summer of 1833; by this time, the immigration of the saints was far greater than that of all others. This began to create great uneasiness; murmurings, and complainings were heard continually about it, and about the rapid improvements which were making in that . From murmurings they went to holding public meetings, to take measures to put a stop to the immigration, and not only put [p. 5]
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