Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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the reports found to be false—the fellows themselves, being witnesses.
I here give an affidavit taken during the time of this excitement
State of ,)ss.
.)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid. Personally came, Joseph Smith Jr., who being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that on the 7th day of August 1838, being informed that an affray had taken place in , at the election in the town of , in which two persons were killed, and one person was badly wounded, and fled to the woods to save his life; all of which were said to be persons belonging to the Society of the church of Latter Day Saints: And further, said informant stated that those persons who committed the outrage would not suffer the bodies of those who had been killed to be taken off the ground and buried. These reports, with others; one of which was that the saints had not the privilege of voting at the polls, as other citizens—another was, that those opposed to the saints, were determined to drive them from : And also, that they were arming, and strengthening their forces and preparing for battle; and that the saints were preparing and making ready to stand in self-defence. These reports having excited the feelings of the citizens of and vicinty, I was invited by and some others, to go out to , to the scene of these outrages; they having previously determined to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly, some of the citizens, myself among the number, went out, two, three, and four in companies, as they got ready. The reports and excitement continued until several of those small companies, through the day, were induced to follow the first; who were all eager to learn the facts concerning this matter: We arrived, in the evening, at the house of , about three miles from , the scene of the reported outrages: Here we learned the truth concerning the said affray; which had been considerably exaggerated; yet, there had been a serious out [p. 26]
the reports found to be false—the fellows themselves, being witnesses.
I here give an affidavit taken during the time of this excitement
State of ,)ss.
.)
Before me, , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid. Personally came, Joseph Smith Jr., who being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that on the 7th day of August 1838, being informed that an affray had taken place in , at the election in the town of , in which two persons were killed, and one person was badly wounded, and fled to the woods to save his life; all of which were said to be persons belonging to the Society of the church of Latter Day Saints: And further, said informant stated that those persons who committed the outrage would not suffer the bodies of those who had been killed to be taken off the ground and buried. These reports, with others; one of which was that the saints had not the privilege of voting at the polls, as other citizens—another was, that those opposed to the saints, were determined to drive them from : And also, that they were arming, and strengthening their forces and preparing for battle; and that the saints were preparing and making ready to stand in self-defence. These reports having excited the feelings of the citizens of and vicinty, I was invited by and some others, to go out to , to the scene of these outrages; they having previously determined to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly, some of the citizens, myself among the number, went out, two, three, and four in companies, as they got ready. The reports and excitement continued until several of those small companies, through the day, were induced to follow the first; who were all eager to learn the facts concerning this matter: We arrived, in the evening, at the house of , about three miles from , the scene of the reported outrages: Here we learned the truth concerning the said affray; which had been considerably exaggerated; yet, there had been a serious out [p. 26]
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