Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840, Second Edition

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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PUBLISHER’S PREFACE
to the Second Edition.
 
Messrs. and , ministers of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, duly appointed and set apart as missionaries to the Jews, to visit the cities of , Amsterdam, Constantinople and , have obtained permission from the authority of the church to publish a second edition of this work, for the purpose of acquainting the public more extensively with the sufferings and extreme persecutions of the saints in the State of ; and also to raise funds to defray the expenses of this mission to that long dispersed and much abused and afflicted people, the Jews. It has been the misfortune of to lose a wife and two children in , whom he considers martyrs to the cause of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through extreme fatigue, occasioned by the soldiers of the mob, that they were taken ill, and being allowed nothing for nourishment more delicate than corn beaten in a mortar, from which a kind of bread was made. Thus, being prohibited by the guards from obtaining anything else for their comfort, they literally perished. At this time, was separated from his wife and under a strong guard of soldiers also, and when the news came to him that his wife and children were dying, he plead with the officers for the privilege of going to take the last farewell of his dying family; but they utterly refused to grant him this favor. After they were dead, he did, through much intercession, obtain liberty to go and pay his last respect to them, by interring them all in one grave. He, also, had the painful task to perform of burying brother Cary, whose skull was broken by a blow from the breach of a gun, after he had been taken a prisoner by the mob. They justifed themselves in this barbarous act by saying, “He is a d—d Mormon.”
The circumstances which gave rise to this mission, are quite peculiar. Something near eight years ago, Joseph Smith junr., a prophet and servant of the most High God, did predict upon the head of one of the publishers of this work, viz: , that he should yet go to the city of and be a watchman unto the house of Israel, and perform a work there which would greatly facilitate the gathering together of that people; the particulars of which, it is not necessary to mention here. Year after year has passed away since that period, and my labors, in the ministry, have been confined to the gentiles on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early part of March last, I retired to my bed one evening, as usual, and while contemplating and inquiring out, in my own mind, the field of my ministereal labors for the then coming season; the vision of the Lord, like clouds of light, burst in my view: The cities of , Amsterdam, Constantinople and , all appeared in succession before me; and the spirit said unto me, “Here are many of the children of Abraham [p. [iii]]
PUBLISHER’S PREFACE
to the Second Edition.
 
Messrs. and , ministers of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, duly appointed and set apart as missionaries to the Jews, to visit the cities of , Amsterdam, Constantinople and , have obtained permission from the authority of the church to publish a second edition of this work, for the purpose of acquainting the public more extensively with the sufferings and extreme persecutions of the saints in the State of ; and also to raise funds to defray the expenses of this mission to that long dispersed and much abused and afflicted people, the Jews. It has been the misfortune of to lose a wife and two children in , whom he considers martyrs to the cause of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through extreme fatigue, occasioned by the soldiers of the mob, that they were taken ill, and being allowed nothing for nourishment more delicate than corn beaten in a mortar, from which a kind of bread was made. Thus, being prohibited by the guards from obtaining anything else for their comfort, they literally perished. At this time, was separated from his wife and under a strong guard of soldiers also, and when the news came to him that his wife and children were dying, he plead with the officers for the privilege of going to take the last farewell of his dying family; but they utterly refused to grant him this favor. After they were dead, he did, through much intercession, obtain liberty to go and pay his last respect to them, by interring them all in one grave. He, also, had the painful task to perform of burying brother Cary, whose skull was broken by a blow from the breach of a gun, after he had been taken a prisoner by the mob. They justifed themselves in this barbarous act by saying, “He is a d—d Mormon.”
The circumstances which gave rise to this mission, are quite peculiar. Something near eight years ago, Joseph Smith junr., a prophet and servant of the most High God, did predict upon the head of one of the publishers of this work, viz: , that he should yet go to the city of and be a watchman unto the house of Israel, and perform a work there which would greatly facilitate the gathering together of that people; the particulars of which, it is not necessary to mention here. Year after year has passed away since that period, and my labors, in the ministry, have been confined to the gentiles on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early part of March last, I retired to my bed one evening, as usual, and while contemplating and inquiring out, in my own mind, the field of my ministereal labors for the then coming season; the vision of the Lord, like clouds of light, burst in my view: The cities of , Amsterdam, Constantinople and , all appeared in succession before me; and the spirit said unto me, “Here are many of the children of Abraham [p. [iii]]
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