Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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court of inquiry was instituted, with on the  bench; the said belonged to the mob and  was one of the leaders of it from the time mobbing first  commenced in . The Attorney’s name  I have forgotten, if I ever knew, but belonged to ’s army.
After two or three days’ investigation, every man was  honorably acquitted. then ordered every  family to be out of in ten days, with permission  to go to , and there tarry until spring, and  then leave the under pain of extermination. This  was on the first of November, the weather was very cold,  more so than usual, for that season of the year; and, in  keeping this order of ’s they had to leave  their crops and houses, and to live in tents and wagons in  this inclement season of the year. As for their flocks and  herds the mob had delivered them from the trouble of  taking care of them, or from the pain of seeing them starve  to death, by stealing them. An arrangement was made in  which it was stipulated that a committee of twelve, which  had been previously appointed, should have the privilege  of going from to for the term  of four weeks, for the purpose of conveying their crops  from to . The committee were to wear  white badges on their hats for their protection.
But in a short time after this arrangement was made,   withdrew with his army, and the mob rose  up as soon as the army had gone, and forbid the Commit tee from coming again into under pain  of death. By this the mob secured unto themselves sev eral hundred thousand bushels of corn, besides large quan tities of oats, and the saints were left to seek their bread  and shelter where they could find it.
We will now return to the prisoners in . Shortly after our arrival in , Colonel   from the army of , came with  orders from , who was commander-in-chief of  the expedition, to have us forwarded forthwith to . Accordingly, on Thursday morning, November  8th, with three guards only, and they had been obtained  with great difficulty, after laboring all the previous day [p. 64]
court of inquiry was instituted, with on the bench; the said belonged to the mob and was one of the leaders of it from the time mobbing first commenced in . The Attorney’s name I have forgotten, if I ever knew, but belonged to ’s army.
After two or three days’ investigation, every man was honorably acquitted. then ordered every family to be out of in ten days, with permission to go to , and there tarry until spring, and then leave the under pain of extermination. This was on the first of November, the weather was very cold, more so than usual, for that season of the year; and, in keeping this order of ’s they had to leave their crops and houses, and to live in tents and wagons in this inclement season of the year. As for their flocks and herds the mob had delivered them from the trouble of taking care of them, or from the pain of seeing them starve to death, by stealing them. An arrangement was made in which it was stipulated that a committee of twelve, which had been previously appointed, should have the privilege of going from to for the term of four weeks, for the purpose of conveying their crops from to . The committee were to wear white badges on their hats for their protection.
But in a short time after this arrangement was made, withdrew with his army, and the mob rose up as soon as the army had gone, and forbid the Committee from coming again into under pain of death. By this the mob secured unto themselves several hundred thousand bushels of corn, besides large quantities of oats, and the saints were left to seek their bread and shelter where they could find it.
We will now return to the prisoners in . Shortly after our arrival in , Colonel from the army of , came with orders from , who was commander-in-chief of the expedition, to have us forwarded forthwith to . Accordingly, on Thursday morning, November 8th, with three guards only, and they had been obtained with great difficulty, after laboring all the previous day [p. 64]
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