Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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there were a considerable number of those who had been  arrested by released. Out of that number  was , Esq. who was one of the seven,  who had been carried to , and from thence  to . They were either all released, or admitted to  bail, except , , ,  , Joseph Smith Jr., and ;  who were sent to , Clay County, to jail, to stand  their trial for treason and murder. The treason, for hav ing whipped the mob out of , and taking  their cannon from them; and the murder, for the man  killed in the battle. Also, , Morris  Phelps, , , and Norman Shear er; who were put into jail, to stand their trial,  for the same crimes. At this time the Legislature had  commenced its session, and a Memorial* was presented  to the Senate and house of Representatives; to obtain a  committee to investigate the whole affair pertaining to  the ’s Order—the operations of the mob, and  the conduct and operations of the Militia while at .
After much legislation, disputation, and controversy,  and angry speechifying; as the papers of , pub lished at the time, abundantly testify, the Petition and  Memorial, were laid on the table, until the July following;  thus utterly refusing to grant the memorialists, their re quest; thereby refusing to investigate the subject; and  thus it stands to this day, uninvestigated by any legal  authority.
After we were cast into prison, we heard nothing but  threatenings, that if any Judge or Jury, or Court of any  kind should clear any of us, that we should never get out  of the alive. This soon determined our course;  and that was to escape out of their hands as soon as we  could, and by any means we could. After we had been  some length of time in prison, we demanded a Habeas  Corpus of , one of the Judges;  which, with some considerable reluctance, was granted.  Great threatenings were made at this time by the mob,
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* See Appendix. [p. 69]
there were a considerable number of those who had been arrested by released. Out of that number was , Esq. who was one of the seven, who had been carried to , and from thence to . They were either all released, or admitted to bail, except , , , , Joseph Smith Jr., and ; who were sent to , Clay County, to jail, to stand their trial for treason and murder. The treason, for having whipped the mob out of , and taking their cannon from them; and the murder, for the man killed in the battle. Also, , Morris Phelps, , , and Norman Shearer; who were put into jail, to stand their trial, for the same crimes. At this time the Legislature had commenced its session, and a Memorial* was presented to the Senate and house of Representatives; to obtain a committee to investigate the whole affair pertaining to the ’s Order—the operations of the mob, and the conduct and operations of the Militia while at .
After much legislation, disputation, and controversy, and angry speechifying; as the papers of , published at the time, abundantly testify, the Petition and Memorial, were laid on the table, until the July following; thus utterly refusing to grant the memorialists, their request; thereby refusing to investigate the subject; and thus it stands to this day, uninvestigated by any legal authority.
After we were cast into prison, we heard nothing but threatenings, that if any Judge or Jury, or Court of any kind should clear any of us, that we should never get out of the alive. This soon determined our course; and that was to escape out of their hands as soon as we could, and by any means we could. After we had been some length of time in prison, we demanded a Habeas Corpus of , one of the Judges; which, with some considerable reluctance, was granted. Great threatenings were made at this time by the mob,
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* See Appendix. [p. 69]
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