Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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Some time afterwards had his trial and was  acquitted. remains in prison unto this day,  26th October, 1839.
As to those that were left in the Counties of  and , they were making all possible exertions  to get away all the winter, contrary to the stipulations of   and , granting them the privilege of  staying until spring. Bodies of armed men were riding  through the town of in the County of ,  threatening death to them if they were not out in the  month of February, and otherwise insulting them. They  continued however to exert themselves with all possible  means in their power; many of them were sick, large  numbers of them had no teams nor wagons. Having  been robbed, yes, completely robbed of all they had, great  exertions therefore, had to be made by those who had  means. Through great exertions and timely perseverance  they succeeded in getting them safely into the state of  , where we all are now, and where we have met  with a kind reception.
Public meetings were held in ; contributions  raised to assist the suffering, and every exertion which  humanity dictated was made for our relief. But still we  are, as a people, poor and destitute. We have been robbed  of our all, and many of us are without houses, living in  tents and wagons. In consequence of our exposure, we  have suffered this summer much sickness and numbers  have died, and our prospects for the ensuing winter are  gloomy. But gloomy as they are, still we are not discour aged. A large majotity of us are farmers, but our teams,  as well as our flocks and herds, and all our farming mate rials, were taken from us. Many who were independent,  are now working by days works, to maintain their families,  numbers of them old men, sixty years old and upwards.  Such is our true situation, and as such we make our Ap peal to the American People. [p. 71]
Some time afterwards had his trial and was acquitted. remains in prison unto this day, 26th October, 1839.
As to those that were left in the Counties of and , they were making all possible exertions to get away all the winter, contrary to the stipulations of and , granting them the privilege of staying until spring. Bodies of armed men were riding through the town of in the County of , threatening death to them if they were not out in the month of February, and otherwise insulting them. They continued however to exert themselves with all possible means in their power; many of them were sick, large numbers of them had no teams nor wagons. Having been robbed, yes, completely robbed of all they had, great exertions therefore, had to be made by those who had means. Through great exertions and timely perseverance they succeeded in getting them safely into the state of , where we all are now, and where we have met with a kind reception.
Public meetings were held in ; contributions raised to assist the suffering, and every exertion which humanity dictated was made for our relief. But still we are, as a people, poor and destitute. We have been robbed of our all, and many of us are without houses, living in tents and wagons. In consequence of our exposure, we have suffered this summer much sickness and numbers have died, and our prospects for the ensuing winter are gloomy. But gloomy as they are, still we are not discouraged. A large majotity of us are farmers, but our teams, as well as our flocks and herds, and all our farming materials, were taken from us. Many who were independent, are now working by days works, to maintain their families, numbers of them old men, sixty years old and upwards. Such is our true situation, and as such we make our Appeal to the American People. [p. 71]
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