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

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all or family, or all the evidence acquired would be that they were mormons, as we were called, or rather that they were of the mormon religion. this was considered of itself crime enough to cause any individual or family to be driven from their homes, and their property to be made common plunder. Resolutions to this effect were made at publick meetings held for the purpose and made publick through the papers of the in the face of all law, and all authority.
I will here <​now​> give the <​a​> history of the settlement in Carrill county. In the preceding april, as myself and family were on our way to , we put up at a house in Carrill county, on a stream called Turkey creek, to tarry for the night soon after we stopped a youngerly man came riding up who also stopped and tarryed staid the sa through the night. hearing my name mentioned, he introduced himself to <​me​> as said he lived in that county at a little town called on the , and had been at to get some of those who were coming in to that place to form a settlement at , speaking highly of the advantages of the situation, and solicited <​soliciting​> my interference in his behalf to obtain a number of families to commence at that place as he was a large propreter [proprietor] in the town Platt he offered, a liberal share in all the profits which <​might​> arise from the sale of property there, to those who would aid him in getting the place settled. In the morning we proceded on our journey. Some few weeks after my arival the said in company with a man by the name of Came to , on the same business, and after much solicitation on their part it was agreed that a settlement should be made in that place, and in the July following the first famili[e]s removed to that <​there​> place. and the settlement soon increased untill in the [p. [2]]
all or family, or all the evidence acquired would be that they were mormons, as we were called, or rather that they were of the mormon religion. this was considered of itself crime enough to cause any individual or family to be driven from their homes, and their property made common plunder. Resolutions to this effect were made at publick meetings held for the purpose and made publick through the papers of the in the face of all law, and all authority.
I will now give a history of the settlement in Carrill county. In the preceding april, as myself and family were on our way to , we put up at a house in Carrill county, on a stream called Turkey creek, to tarry for the night soon after we stopped a youngerly man came riding up who also stopped and staid through the night. hearing my name mentioned, he introduced himself to me as said he lived in that county at a little town called on the , and had been at to get some of those who were coming in to that place to form a settlement at , speaking highly of the advantages of the situation, and soliciting my interference in his behalf to obtain a number of families to commence at that place as he was a large propreter [proprietor] in the town Platt he offered, a liberal share in all the profits which might arise from the sale of property there, to those who would aid him in getting the place settled. In the morning we proceded on our journey. Some few weeks after my arival the said in company with a man by the name of Came to , on the same business, and after much solicitation on their part it was agreed that a settlement should be made in that place, and in the July following the first families removed there and the settlement soon increased untill in the [p. [2]]
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