Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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with Bishops, Presidents, &c., lest you excite the jeal ousies of the people, and subject yourselves to the same  calamities that have now come upon you. You have  always been the aggressors—you have brought upon your selves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not being  subject to rule—and my advice is that you become as  other citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you  bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.
 
affidavit of .
 
, witness for the defendants, being sworn,  deposeth and saith, that sometime in the forepart of Oc tober last, while on his way from , some two or  three days after the Church of Latter Day Saints left for , in company with a , of , we were taken prisoners by a company of armed  men, numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times. They  had with them a cannon which they said they were going  to take to , and were going to commence  a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the  inhabitants of interfered they should  share the same fate.
The name of the Captain of the company was W. B.  Henderson, who said he had once been called out to go  to , and had acted as a Lieutenant in the  Militia, but he was now going on a different hook, because  he was free from Military law. The witness was detained  by said Company four days, during which time he heard  many threats againts the Mormons. They said they in tended to exterminate the Mormons and take their im provements and wives to themselves. Some of the com pany were for having the prisoners executed, as an off set against some of their men whom they supposed had been  taken prisoners by the Mormons; but on hearing they  had not been taken, our lives were spared. They said  they were going to be assisted by men from ,  , , Corrill [Carroll], and other counties, also from the  Platt County. There were some in the company from  Linn County. The witness in company with ,  who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. White’s in [p. 83]
with Bishops, Presidents, &c., lest you excite the jealousies of the people, and subject yourselves to the same calamities that have now come upon you. You have always been the aggressors—you have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not being subject to rule—and my advice is that you become as other citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.
 
affidavit of .
 
, witness for the defendants, being sworn, deposeth and saith, that sometime in the forepart of October last, while on his way from , some two or three days after the Church of Latter Day Saints left for , in company with a , of , we were taken prisoners by a company of armed men, numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times. They had with them a cannon which they said they were going to take to , and were going to commence a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the inhabitants of interfered they should share the same fate.
The name of the Captain of the company was W. B. Henderson, who said he had once been called out to go to , and had acted as a Lieutenant in the Militia, but he was now going on a different hook, because he was free from Military law. The witness was detained by said Company four days, during which time he heard many threats againts the Mormons. They said they intended to exterminate the Mormons and take their improvements and wives to themselves. Some of the company were for having the prisoners executed, as an offset against some of their men whom they supposed had been taken prisoners by the Mormons; but on hearing they had not been taken, our lives were spared. They said they were going to be assisted by men from , , , Corrill [Carroll], and other counties, also from the Platt County. There were some in the company from Linn County. The witness in company with , who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. White’s in [p. 83]
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