Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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fil the treaty that you have entered into, the leading items  of which I now lay before you. The first of these you  have already complied with, which is, that you deliver up  your leading men to be tried according to law. Second,  that you deliver up your arms—this has been attended  to. The third is, that you sign over your properties to  defray the expenses of war—this you have also done.  Another thing yet remains for you to comply with, that  is, that you leave the forthwith, and whatever your  feelings concerning this affair,—whatever your innocence,  it is nothing to me. , who is equal in authority  with me, has made this treaty with you. I am determin ed to see it executed. The orders of the to  me, were, that you should be exterminated, and not allow ed to continue in the , and had your leader not been  given up and the treaty complied with before this, you and  your families would have been destroyed, and your houses  in ashes.
There is a discretionary power vested in my hands  which I shall try to exercise for a season. I did not say  that you shall go now, but you must not think of staying  here another season or of putting in crops; for the moment  you do, the citizens will be upon you. I am determined  to see the ’s Message fulfilled, but shall not come  upon you immediately—do not think that I shall act as I  have done any more—but if I have to come again, because  the treaty which you have made here shall be broken,  you need not expect any mercy, but extermination—for  I am determined the ’s order shall be executed.  As for your leaders, do not once think—do not imagine  for a moment—do not let it enter your mind, that they  will be delivered, or that you will see their faces again,  for their fate is fixed, their die is cast—their doom is  sealed.
I am sorry, gentlemen, to see so great a number of ap parently intelligent men found in the situation that you  are;—and, oh! that I could invoke the spirit of the un known God to rest upon you, and deliver you from that  awful chain of superstition, and liberate you from those  fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound. I would  advise you to scatter abroad and never again organize [p. 82]
fil the treaty that you have entered into, the leading items of which I now lay before you. The first of these you have already complied with, which is, that you deliver up your leading men to be tried according to law. Second, that you deliver up your arms—this has been attended to. The third is, that you sign over your properties to defray the expenses of war—this you have also done. Another thing yet remains for you to comply with, that is, that you leave the forthwith, and whatever your feelings concerning this affair,—whatever your innocence, it is nothing to me. , who is equal in authority with me, has made this treaty with you. I am determined to see it executed. The orders of the to me, were, that you should be exterminated, and not allowed to continue in the , and had your leader not been given up and the treaty complied with before this, you and your families would have been destroyed, and your houses in ashes.
There is a discretionary power vested in my hands which I shall try to exercise for a season. I did not say that you shall go now, but you must not think of staying here another season or of putting in crops; for the moment you do, the citizens will be upon you. I am determined to see the ’s Message fulfilled, but shall not come upon you immediately—do not think that I shall act as I have done any more—but if I have to come again, because the treaty which you have made here shall be broken, you need not expect any mercy, but extermination—for I am determined the ’s order shall be executed. As for your leaders, do not once think—do not imagine for a moment—do not let it enter your mind, that they will be delivered, or that you will see their faces again, for their fate is fixed, their die is cast—their doom is sealed.
I am sorry, gentlemen, to see so great a number of apparently intelligent men found in the situation that you are;—and, oh! that I could invoke the spirit of the unknown God to rest upon you, and deliver you from that awful chain of superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound. I would advise you to scatter abroad and never again organize [p. 82]
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