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And yet when one reflects that the poor
ignorant foreigners in those old feudal lands
can never hope to possess a foot of land
for themselves or posterity are told by
the Elders from Salt Lake that they
can every one have 160 acres of the best
land in the world and live in the New
Jerusalem they become willing to make
any profession the Elders may dictate.
From the first, Rigdon, Smith, Harris,
Pratt &c. were evidently impelled by
the spirit of insatiable avarice to pursue
this course and practice these impostures.
They became so hardened in this wickedness
that they were ready to commit any crime
to accomplish their object. And no
doubt although Rigdon had to leave the
community he took a good sum of money
with him. But not enough to enrich
himself and family as he expected to do.
I hope you will publish a full and
complete history of this great imposture.
It has not yet been done. You may rely
on Mr. Howe's statements for he took great
pains to inform himself about the Smiths
but he had not the facts about Rigdon.
And you rely implicitly upon my dates
and facts as I have been the Pastor of the same
1st Bap Chh for 28 years and often conversed with
the old members about the tricks and errors of Rigdon.
Resp. &c S. Williams.