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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

descend in the clouds of heaven, our harts do not shrink neither are our spirits altogether broken at the grievious yoak which is put upon us We know that God will have our oppressors in derision that he will laugh at their calamity and mock when their fear comith oh that we could be with you Brethren and unbosome our feeling to you we would tell that we should have been at liberated the time Elder [Sidney] Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was on the writ of habeas corpus had not our own lawyers interpreted the law contrary to what it reads against us, which prevented us from introducing our evidence before the mock court, they have done us much harm from the begining they have of late acknoledged that the law was misconstrewed and tantalised our feelings with it and have intirally [entirely] forsaken us and have forfeited their oaths and their bonds and we have a come back on them for they are co-workers with the mob. As nigh as we can learn the publick mind has been for a long time turning in our favor and the majority is now friendly and the lawyers can no longer browbeat us by saying that this or that is a matter of publick oppinion for publick oppinion is not willing to brook it for it is begining to look with feelings of indignation against our oppresors and to say that the mormons were not in the fault in the least we think that truth honor and virtue and inocence will eventually come out tryumphant we should have taken a habeas corpus before the high Judge and escaped [p. 5]
descend in the clouds of <heaven,> our harts do not shrink  neither are our spirits altogether broken at on the grie vious yoak which is put upon us We know that God  will have our oppressors in derision that he laug <will laugh> at their  calamity and mock when their fear comith oh that we  could be with you Brethren and unbosome our feeling  to you we would tell that we should have been at <liberated>  the time Elder [Sidney] Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was on the writ of habeas corp us had not our own lawyers interpreted the law contra ry to what it reads against <us,> which prevented us from  introducing our evidence before the mock court, they  have done us much harm <from> the begining they have of  late acknoledged that the law was misconstrewed and  tantalised our feelings with it and have intirally [entirely?]  forsaken us and have forfeited their oaths and their  bonds and we have a come back on them for  they are co-workers with the mob. As nigh as we  can learn the publick mind has been for a long time  turning in our favor and the majority is now  friendly and the lawyers can no longer browbeat us  by saying that this or that is a matter of publick  oppinion for publick oppinion is not willing to brook  it for it is begining to look with feelings of indigna tion against our oppresors and to say that the morm ons were not in the fault in the least we think that  truth honor and virtue and inocence will eventu ally come out tryumphant we should have taken  a habeas corpus before the high Judge and escaped [p. 5]
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