Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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sitions. One of the mob replied that he was sorry, for  the work of destruction would commence immediately.  In a short time, the , which was a two-story  brick building, was assailed by the mob and soon thrown  down, and with it much valuable property destroyed.  Next they went to the store for the same purpose, but  , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they  abandoned their design. Their next move was the drag ging of from his house and family to the  public square, where, surrounded by hundreds, they par tially stripped him of his clothes, and tarred and feathered  him from head to foot. A man by the name of was  also tarred at the same time. This was Saturday, and  the mob agreed to meet the following Tuesday, to accom plish their purpose of driving or massacreing the society.  Tuesday came, and the mob came also, bearing with  them a red flag in token of blood. Some two or three  of the principal men of the society offered their lives, if  that would appease the wrath of the mob, so that the rest  of the society might dwell in peace upon their lands.—  The answer was, that unless the society would leave “en  masse,” every man should die for himself. Being in a  defenceless situation, to save a general massacre, it was  agreed that one half of the society should leave the by the first of the next January, and the remainder  by the first of the following April. A treaty was enter ed into and ratified, and all things went on smoothly for  a while. But some time in October the wrath of the  mob began to be again kindled, insomuch, that they shot  at some of our people, whipped others, and threw down  their houses, and committed many other depredations:  indeed the society of saints were harrassed for some time  both day and night—their houses were brickbatted and  broken open—women and children insulted, &c. The  store house of & Co. was broken open,  ransacked, and some of the goods strewed in the streets.  These abuses, with many others of a very aggravated na ture, so stirred up the indignant feelings of our people  that a party of them, say about 30, met a company of the  mob of about double their number, when a battle took [p. 74]
sitions. One of the mob replied that he was sorry, for the work of destruction would commence immediately. In a short time, the , which was a two-story brick building, was assailed by the mob and soon thrown down, and with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went to the store for the same purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they abandoned their design. Their next move was the dragging of from his house and family to the public square, where, surrounded by hundreds, they partially stripped him of his clothes, and tarred and feathered him from head to foot. A man by the name of was also tarred at the same time. This was Saturday, and the mob agreed to meet the following Tuesday, to accomplish their purpose of driving or massacreing the society. Tuesday came, and the mob came also, bearing with them a red flag in token of blood. Some two or three of the principal men of the society offered their lives, if that would appease the wrath of the mob, so that the rest of the society might dwell in peace upon their lands.— The answer was, that unless the society would leave “en masse,” every man should die for himself. Being in a defenceless situation, to save a general massacre, it was agreed that one half of the society should leave the by the first of the next January, and the remainder by the first of the following April. A treaty was entered into and ratified, and all things went on smoothly for a while. But some time in October the wrath of the mob began to be again kindled, insomuch, that they shot at some of our people, whipped others, and threw down their houses, and committed many other depredations: indeed the society of saints were harrassed for some time both day and night—their houses were brickbatted and broken open—women and children insulted, &c. The store house of & Co. was broken open, ransacked, and some of the goods strewed in the streets. These abuses, with many others of a very aggravated nature, so stirred up the indignant feelings of our people that a party of them, say about 30, met a company of the mob of about double their number, when a battle took [p. 74]
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