Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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that if any of us were liberated we should never get out  of the alive. After the investigation of our  number was released from prison by the decision of the  ; the remiander were committed to Jail. He also re turned with them until a favorable opportunity offered  which through the friendship of the Sheriff, Mr. Samuel  Hadley and the Jailor, Mr. Samuel Tillery, he was let out  of the jail secretly, in the night, and being solemnly  warned by them to be out of the with as little delay  as possible, he made his escape. Being pursued by a body  of armed men, it was through the direction of a kind pro vidence that he escaped out of their hands and safely ar rived in , Illinois. This was in February, A. D.  1839.
In the May following, the remainder that were in the  Liberty Jail, were taken to to be tried by  a grand jury of the principal mobbers, in order to see if  a bill of indictment, could be found as could be expected  from the characters of the jury. Bills were found, they  obtained a change of venue to Boon[e] County, accordingly  the Sheriff of , with guards, started to  take them from to Boon County. On their way  after journeying a day or two, one evening the guard got  drunk, they left them, and also made their escape to , Illinois.
Those that were in Jail were brought to  trial, but no bill of indictment was found against and Norman Shearer, and they were released and  sent home. A bill was found against ,  Morris Phelps, and for murder, and also a  man by the name of for robbery. They also  obtained a change of venue to Boon County, and were  carried thither and put into jail and there remained until  the fourth of July. At this time the town was all hilarity  and mirth at the celebration. They also made a flag and  had it placed over the jail doors. In the evening when  the Jailor brought in their suppers, they walked out at  the door; that is, , Morris Phelps and ; continued, the others were closely  pursued, and was retaken and carried back; but the  other two effected their escape to the State of . [p. 70]
that if any of us were liberated we should never get out of the alive. After the investigation of our number was released from prison by the decision of the ; the remiander were committed to Jail. He also returned with them until a favorable opportunity offered which through the friendship of the Sheriff, Mr. Samuel Hadley and the Jailor, Mr. Samuel Tillery, he was let out of the jail secretly, in the night, and being solemnly warned by them to be out of the with as little delay as possible, he made his escape. Being pursued by a body of armed men, it was through the direction of a kind providence that he escaped out of their hands and safely arrived in , Illinois. This was in February, A. D. 1839.
In the May following, the remainder that were in the Liberty Jail, were taken to to be tried by a grand jury of the principal mobbers, in order to see if a bill of indictment, could be found as could be expected from the characters of the jury. Bills were found, they obtained a change of venue to Boone County, accordingly the Sheriff of , with guards, started to take them from to Boon County. On their way after journeying a day or two, one evening the guard got drunk, they left them, and also made their escape to , Illinois.
Those that were in Jail were brought to trial, but no bill of indictment was found against and Norman Shearer, and they were released and sent home. A bill was found against , Morris Phelps, and for murder, and also a man by the name of for robbery. They also obtained a change of venue to Boon County, and were carried thither and put into jail and there remained until the fourth of July. At this time the town was all hilarity and mirth at the celebration. They also made a flag and had it placed over the jail doors. In the evening when the Jailor brought in their suppers, they walked out at the door; that is, , Morris Phelps and ; continued, the others were closely pursued, and was retaken and carried back; but the other two effected their escape to the State of . [p. 70]
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