Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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ment of damages sustained in consequence of trespasses  committed by others. We have no common stock, our  property is individual property, and we feel willing to  pay our debts as other individuals do, but we are not will ing to be bound for other people’s debts also.
The arms which were taken from us here, which we  understand to be about 630, besides swords and pistols, we  care not so much about, as we do the pay for them; only  we are bound to do military duty, which we are willing  to do, and which we think was sufficiently manifested  by the raising of a volunteer company last fall, at , when called upon by , to raise troops  for the frontier.
The arms given up by us, we consider were worth be tween twelve and fifteen thousand dollars, but we under stand they have been greatly damaged since taken, and  at this time, probably would not bring near their former  value. And as they were, both here and in , taken by the militia, and consequently by the authori ty of the , we therefore ask your honorable body to  cause an appropriation to be made by law, whereby we  may be paid for them, or otherwise have them returned  to us and the damages made good. The losses sustained  by our people in leaving , are so situated  that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them  by law, because those who have sustained them are unable  to prove those tresspasses upon individuals. That the facts  do exist,—that the buildings, crops, stock, furniture, rails,  timber, &c., of the society, have been destroyed in ; is not doubted by those who are acquainted  in this upper country, and since these trespasses cannot  be proved upon individuals, we ask your honorable body  to consider this case, and if, in your liberality and wis dom, you can conceive it to be proper to make an appro priation by law to these sufferers, many of whom are still  pressed down with poverty in consequence of their losses,  would be able to pay their debts, and also in some degree  be relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widow’s heart  would be made to rejoice and the orphan’s tear measura bly dried up, and the prayers of a grateful people ascend [p. 80]
ment of damages sustained in consequence of trespasses committed by others. We have no common stock, our property is individual property, and we feel willing to pay our debts as other individuals do, but we are not willing to be bound for other people’s debts also.
The arms which were taken from us here, which we understand to be about 630, besides swords and pistols, we care not so much about, as we do the pay for them; only we are bound to do military duty, which we are willing to do, and which we think was sufficiently manifested by the raising of a volunteer company last fall, at , when called upon by , to raise troops for the frontier.
The arms given up by us, we consider were worth between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars, but we understand they have been greatly damaged since taken, and at this time, probably would not bring near their former value. And as they were, both here and in , taken by the militia, and consequently by the authority of the , we therefore ask your honorable body to cause an appropriation to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them, or otherwise have them returned to us and the damages made good. The losses sustained by our people in leaving , are so situated that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by law, because those who have sustained them are unable to prove those tresspasses upon individuals. That the facts do exist,—that the buildings, crops, stock, furniture, rails, timber, &c., of the society, have been destroyed in ; is not doubted by those who are acquainted in this upper country, and since these trespasses cannot be proved upon individuals, we ask your honorable body to consider this case, and if, in your liberality and wisdom, you can conceive it to be proper to make an appropriation by law to these sufferers, many of whom are still pressed down with poverty in consequence of their losses, would be able to pay their debts, and also in some degree be relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widow’s heart would be made to rejoice and the orphan’s tear measurably dried up, and the prayers of a grateful people ascend [p. 80]
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