John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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combination of Horse thieves, extending from to . There were counterfeiters engaged in merchandising, trading and Storekeeping, in most of the cities and villages; and in some districts. I have been credibly informed, by men to whom they have disclosed their secrets, that, the Judges, Sherifs, constables and Jailors as well as professional men were more or less associated with them. These had in their employ the most reckless abandoned wretches, who stood ready to carry into effect the most desperate enterprises; and were reckless alike of human life or property. Their object in persecuting the Mormons was in part to prevent cover their own rascality and <​in part to​> prevent them from exposing and prosecuting them; but the principal reason was plunder; believing that if they could be removed or driven; they would be made fat on Mormon spoils; besides having in the deserted a good asylum for the prosecution of their diabolical pursuits.
This conglomeration of apostate mormons, Religious bigots, Political fanatics, and combination of blacklegs, all united their forces against the Mormons, <​and organized into a party denominated “Anti-Mormons.”​> and some of them, we have reason to believe, joined the in order to cover their nefarious practices; and when they were expelled, for their unrighteousness, only raged with greater violence. They circulated every kind of falsehood that they could collect, or manufacture against the Mormons. They also had a paper to assist them in their propagations, called the “Warsaw Signal”, edited by a Mr. , a violent and unprincipled [p. 5]
combination of Horse thieves, extending from to . There were counterfeiters engaged in merchandising, trading and Storekeeping, in most of the cities and villages; and in some districts. I have been credibly informed, by men to whom they have disclosed their secrets, that, the Judges, Sherifs, constables and Jailors as well as professional men were more or less associated with them. These had in their employ the most reckless abandoned wretches, who stood ready to carry into effect the most desperate enterprises; and were reckless alike of human life or property. Their object in persecuting the Mormons was in part to cover their own rascality and in part to prevent them from exposing and prosecuting them; but the principal reason was plunder; believing that if they could be removed or driven; they would be made fat on Mormon spoils; besides having in the deserted a good asylum for the prosecution of their diabolical pursuits.
This conglomeration of apostate mormons, Religious bigots, Political fanatics, and combination of blacklegs, all united their forces against the Mormons, and organized into a party denominated “Anti-Mormons.” some of them, we have reason to believe, joined the in order to cover their nefarious practices; and when they were expelled, for their unrighteousness, only raged with greater violence. They circulated every kind of falsehood that they could collect, or manufacture against the Mormons. They also had a paper to assist them in their propagations, called the “Warsaw Signal”, edited by a Mr. , a violent and unprincipled [p. 5]
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