Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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cattle and sheep and other property. These threatenings were making continually, but the saints did not however, entertain any great fears of their doing so, but the sequel will show, that their threats were real.
While the mob was operating thus in , there were scattering families in other Counties which had to suffer violence also, at the hand of their neighbors. In , a family by the name of Lathrop, who lived on a farm which they had purchased from a man by the name of James Weldon, was attacked, Mr. Lathrop was driven from home: his wife and some of his family were sick: after he was driven away, one of his children died, and his wife was there alone and laying very sick; and there were twenty-five or thirty armed men around the house, threatening her husband’s life, if he attempted to come home. In this situation Mrs. Lathrop lay without attendence, surrounded by a body of armed ruffians: and while in this situation, her child died, and her husband dare not return to comfort her. Her own situation at the time being delicate; and terrified by the mob, her condition was afflicting in the extreme. The mob took and buried her child. A body of armed men was sent by the authorities to relieve her. They arrived at the place and found the mob there, the most of whom fled at their approach. They took the woman and her goods and family which remained, and brought her off with them, with another family by the name of Jackson. Mr. Jackson had also been driven from his family. Mrs. Lathrop survived the abuse but a very short time. There were also scattering families of the saints in , and other Counties, who were severely threatened, and some left the country out of fear, at the sacrifice of much property.
We have already mentioned, that after the mob had been turned into Militia, and disbanded as such, they went to Corrill County to attack a settlement of the saints in that place. The mob in Corrill County, began to assemble on the first of October 1838. We are not able to state the precise day; but it was as early as the first week of the month. We will now leave th[e] affairs of , and the other Counties, to give an acconnt of [p. 35]
cattle and sheep and other property. These threatenings were making continually, but the saints did not however, entertain any great fears of their doing so, but the sequel will show, that their threats were real.
While the mob was operating thus in , there were scattering families in other Counties which had to suffer violence also, at the hand of their neighbors. In , a family by the name of Lathrop, who lived on a farm which they had purchased from a man by the name of James Weldon, was attacked, Mr. Lathrop was driven from home: his wife and some of his family were sick: after he was driven away, one of his children died, and his wife was there alone and laying very sick; and there were twenty-five or thirty armed men around the house, threatening her husband’s life, if he attempted to come home. In this situation Mrs. Lathrop lay without attendence, surrounded by a body of armed ruffians: and while in this situation, her child died, and her husband dare not return to comfort her. Her own situation at the time being delicate; and terrified by the mob, her condition was afflicting in the extreme. The mob took and buried her child. A body of armed men was sent by the authorities to relieve her. They arrived at the place and found the mob there, the most of whom fled at their approach. They took the woman and her goods and family which remained, and brought her off with them, with another family by the name of Jackson. Mr. Jackson had also been driven from his family. Mrs. Lathrop survived the abuse but a very short time. There were also scattering families of the saints in , and other Counties, who were severely threatened, and some left the country out of fear, at the sacrifice of much property.
We have already mentioned, that after the mob had been turned into Militia, and disbanded as such, they went to Corrill County to attack a settlement of the saints in that place. The mob in Corrill County, began to assemble on the first of October 1838. We are not able to state the precise day; but it was as early as the first week of the month. We will now leave the affairs of , and the other Counties, to give an acconnt of [p. 35]
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