Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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amounting to several thousand dollars. A store was bro ken open, the goods thrown into the street and trampled  under foot. Mr. , one of the Bishops  of the church, was taken from his house, with another man,  into the public square, and there the mob attempted to  strip him naked; to this he objected, and finally they  agreed to let him keep on his shirt and pantaloons, and  they tarred and feathered him, and the other man, whose  name was . , a lawyer, was the leader  in this business; and on that occasion boasted that his  word was the law of the , and that the saints  should leave it, or be put to death. So much for a would  be honorable lawyer. A prosecution was entered against  one of the men, who was taken in the very act of taking  the goods, and trampling them under foot. The writ was  obtained at the office of a man by name of , who  was a justice of the Peace, or called so. When the man  was brought for trial, though it was proven that he was  taken in the very act of destroying the goods; he was ac quitted, and no cause of action was found; but shortly af terwards, there was a writ issued from the same office,  against those who prosecuted the said , for de stroying the goods, for false imprisonment, and they were  holden to bail for their appearance at the County court; and  for the want of bail, they were thrown into jail. This, is  a correct sample of the way the laws were administered  in .
Before this banditti commenced the destruction of pro perty, they appointed committees to go and wait on the  saints, and order them out of the , under pain of  death. The object of those warnings was, to make them  go and leave all their property as prey to the mob. At  which all the authorities of , from the  down, winked, as will appear hereafter. While those com mittees were threatening the saints with death, if they did  not leave the forthwith, and leave all their proper ty a prey to them; they kept the public papers teeming  with lies, and they found many papers in the country, rea dy to aid them in their abomination, by giving circulation  to their lies and slanders. This, I must say, to the shame  and disgrace of the editors, who have devoted their papers [p. 7]
amounting to several thousand dollars. A store was broken open, the goods thrown into the street and trampled under foot. Mr. , one of the Bishops of the church, was taken from his house, with another man, into the public square, and there the mob attempted to strip him naked; to this he objected, and finally they agreed to let him keep on his shirt and pantaloons, and they tarred and feathered him, and the other man, whose name was . , a lawyer, was the leader in this business; and on that occasion boasted that his word was the law of the , and that the saints should leave it, or be put to death. So much for a would be honorable lawyer. A prosecution was entered against one of the men, who was taken in the very act of taking the goods, and trampling them under foot. The writ was obtained at the office of a man by name of , who was a justice of the Peace, or called so. When the man was brought for trial, though it was proven that he was taken in the very act of destroying the goods; he was acquitted, and no cause of action was found; but shortly afterwards, there was a writ issued from the same office, against those who prosecuted the said , for destroying the goods, for false imprisonment, and they were holden to bail for their appearance at the County court; and for the want of bail, they were thrown into jail. This, is a correct sample of the way the laws were administered in .
Before this banditti commenced the destruction of property, they appointed committees to go and wait on the saints, and order them out of the , under pain of death. The object of those warnings was, to make them go and leave all their property as prey to the mob. At which all the authorities of , from the down, winked, as will appear hereafter. While those committees were threatening the saints with death, if they did not leave the forthwith, and leave all their property a prey to them; they kept the public papers teeming with lies, and they found many papers in the country, ready to aid them in their abomination, by giving circulation to their lies and slanders. This, I must say, to the shame and disgrace of the editors, who have devoted their papers [p. 7]
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