Sidney Rigdon, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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In a day or two afterwards, also of , also came to and said that he had sent on a number of troops to to act in concert with . He also made the same complaint concerning his troops, that had, doubting greatly, whether they would render any service to those in who were threatened with violence by the mobs assembling; but on hearing that , instead of going to , had returned to , followed his example and ordered his troops back to , and thus were the citizens of and those of , who were marked out as victims by the mob, left to defend themselves, the best way they could.
What I have hear stated in relation to Generals & were conversations had between myself and them, about which I cannot be mistaken; unless my memory has betrayed me.
The militia of the county of were now all under requisition, armed and equipped according to law. The mob, after all the authorities of the had been re-called, commenced but <​except​> the force of , commenced the work of distruction in earnest; shewing a determination to accomplish their object. , where I resided, which was the shire town of , was placed under the charge of a Captain by the <​name of​> , who made my house his head quarters, other portions of the troops were distributed in different places in the , whereever danger was apprehended. In consequence of making my house his head quarters. I was put in possession of all that was going on, as all intellegence in relation to the operations of the mob was communicated to him. Intelligence was received daily of depredations being committed, against not only the property of the citizens, but their persons; many of whom in <​when​> attending to their business, would be surprisd and taken by marauding parties, tied up and whipped in a most desperate manner. Such outrages were common [p. [11]]
In a day or two afterwards, of , also came to and said that he had sent on a number of troops to to act in concert with . He also made the same complaint concerning his troops, that had, doubting greatly, whether they would render any service to those in who were threatened with violence by the mobs assembling; but on hearing that , instead of going to , had returned to , followed his example and ordered his troops back to , and thus were the citizens of and those of , who were marked out as victims by the mob, left to defend themselves, the best way they could.
What I have hear stated in relation to Generals & were conversations had between myself and them, about which I cannot be mistaken; unless my memory has betrayed me.
The militia of the county of were now all under requisition, armed and equipped according to law. The mob, after all the authorities of the had been re-called, except the force of , commenced the work of distruction in earnest; shewing a determination to accomplish their object. , where I resided, which was the shire town of , was placed under the charge of a Captain by the name of , who made my house his head quarters, other portions of the troops were distributed in different places in the , whereever danger was apprehended. In consequence of making my house his head quarters. I was put in possession of all that was going on, as all intellegence in relation to the operations of the mob was communicated to him. Intelligence was received daily of depredations being committed, against not only the property of the citizens, but their persons; many of whom when attending to their business, would be surprisd and taken by marauding parties, tied up and whipped in a most desperate manner. Such outrages were common [p. [11]]
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