This Bill [Edmunds] is entirely a Breach of the Constitution of the United States. Condemns Men before trial or Conviction by a Court or Jury, take away the rights of a trial by a Jury of their Peers. Makes an Expose-facto law, and a Bill of the Attainder, and takes away the rights of Franchise of Latter Day Saints for their Religin and are Deprived of Sitting on Juries for their opinions sake.
But if the Nation Can Stand it we Can. We have been looking for this for the Nation to take a Stand against the Saints And the Church and Kingdom of God on the Earth. The Nation is taking a Stand against God, against Christ against the Church the Kingdom & Zion of God on the Earth. They are ripening in iniquity and turning the last keys that will seal their Condemnation that lingers not and preparing themselves for Destruction.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]