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

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as the people were living in tents and wagons not being privileged with building houses, What was to be done in this extremty, why recourse was had to the only means of subsistence left and that was to butcher the cattle and hogs which came into the place, without asking who was the owner or without knowing, and what to me is remarkable is that a sufficient number of animals came into the camp to sustain life during the time, in which the citizens were thus besieged by the mob. This indeed was but rough <​coarse​> living, but such as it was, it sustained life. From this circumstance the cry went out, that the citizens of , were thieves and plunderers, This however is and were stealing cattle and hogs.
During this time the mob of Carrill county the said that all they wanted was that the citizens of should leave Carrill county and go to , and counties. The citizens finding that they must leave , or eventually starve finally agreed to leave, and accordingly preparations were made and was vacated <​avacuated​>. The first evening after we left we put up for the night in a grove of timber. Soon after our arival in the grove, a female who a short time before had given birth to a child in consequence of the exposure died. a grave was dug in the grove and the next morning the body was deposited in it without a coffin, and the company proceeded on their journey; part of them going into and part in to . This was in the <​month of​> October of 1838.
In a short time after the<​ir​> arival into and counties, messengers soon arrived informing the now citizens of and that the mob was marching to with their cannon with them threatning death to the citizens or else <​that​> they should all leave . This caused other efforts to be made to get the authorities to interfere. I wrote to <​two​> memorials one to the , and one to circuit Judge [p. [5]]
as the people were living in tents and wagons not being privileged with building houses, What was to be done in this extremty, why recourse was had to the only means of subsistence left and that was to butcher the cattle and hogs which came into the place, without asking who was the owner or without knowing, and what to me is remarkable is that a sufficient number of animals came into the camp to sustain life during the time, in which the citizens were thus besieged by the mob. This indeed was but coarse living, but such as it was, it sustained life. From this circumstance the cry went out, that the citizens of , were thieves and plunderers, and were stealing cattle and hogs.
During this time the mob of Carrill county said that all they wanted was that the citizens of should leave Carrill county and go to , and counties. The citizens finding that they must leave , or eventually starve finally agreed to leave, and accordingly preparations were made and was avacuated. The first evening after we left we put up for the night in a grove of timber. Soon after our arival in the grove, a female who a short time before had given birth to a child in consequence of the exposure died. a grave was dug in the grove and the next morning the body was deposited in it without a coffin, and the company proceeded on their journey; part of them going into and part in to . This was in the month of October of 1838.
In a short time after their arival in and counties, messengers arrived informing the now citizens of and that the mob was marching to with their cannon with them threatning death to the citizens or else that they should all leave . This caused other efforts to be made to get the authorities to interfere. I wrote two memorials one to the , and one to circuit Judge [p. [5]]
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