History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 1.> About this time a slide from Mount Ida near Troy [illegible] took place, burying ten houses, and killing 30 or 40 persons.
2 March 1843 • Thursday
<2> I was engaged in the Court room, sitting on the case of vs , all day. In <the> evening examining Blackstone, and [Stephen] Phillips on Evidence. Elders and , with their wives, at ’s.
The Legislature of took up the bill to repeal City Charter. Mr. Davis, of Bond, moved to take up the bill to repeal a part of the Charter; objections being made by several members, it was decided in the affirmative, and placed on the orders of the day. The question being on ordering the bill to a third reading.
Mr, Simms moved the previous question.
Mr. Logan hoped the previous question would not be sustained; some of the provisions proposed to be repealed, are very innocent ones; and he thought the house would be willing to retain them; he wanted to repeal the provisions allowing the Writ of Habeas Corpus, and some others. The previous question was then lost.
Mr. Logan denied that any discussion had been had on the provisions of the Charter proposed to be repealed. He wanted the gentlemen interested, to have an opportunity to be heard.
Mr. <(of ) > went into the subject at some length. He compared the Charter of with any other city in the ; and showed that the bill repealed the same powers in the Nauvoo Charter which others contained, and are permitted to retain. He thought this unjust, and was opposed to the principle of making such distinctions. He bore testimony to the good order and industry of the Mormons; and he had no doubt but that they were much abused.
He alluded to the course of the Whigs during the canvass for the last election, and appealed to his party, to sustain the Mormons, as they had so nobly carried <the> last election; he cautioned them against taking the other course; and predicted if they did, that they would be the means of electing a Whig to Congress in that district; and at the next Gubernatorial election, would elect the Governor also; that the arms of the Whigs were open to receive them.
3 March 1843 • Friday
<3> I was again sitting on the case of vs until 10 ½ P.M, many witnesses were examined, many lawyers pleas made, and much law read; it was a very tedious suit, and excited much feeling among the people; when I returned home I found my ’s health improving. I visited Sister Durphy who was sick, in company with . returned from this evening, with five teams loaded with provisions and grain as a present to me, which afforded me very seasonable relief, <I pray the Lord to Bless them <that gave it> abundantly,> and may it be returned upon their heads an hundred fold.
“Mr. of , moved a call of the house (some members leaving)
The bill passed by yeas and nays as follows. Yeas— Messrs , Baillache, [John] Bell, Blakeman, Bone, Brinkley, Brown of , Burklow, Busey, Caldwell, Cloud, Cochran, Compton, Courtright, [Cyrus] Danner, Dollins, Douglas, , Epler, Ervin, Ewing, Ficklin, Flanders, Fowler, Glass, Gobble, Haley, Hambaugh, [p. 1487]
March 1. About this time a slide from Mount Ida near Troy took place, burying ten houses, and killing 30 or 40 persons.
2 March 1843 • Thursday
2 I was engaged in the Court room, sitting on the case of vs , all day. In the evening examining Blackstone, and [Stephen] Phillips on Evidence. Elders and , with their wives, at ’s.
The Legislature of took up the bill to repeal City Charter. Mr. Davis, of Bond, moved to take up the bill to repeal a part of the Charter; objections being made by several members, it was decided in the affirmative, and placed on the orders of the day. The question being on ordering the bill to a third reading.
Mr, Simms moved the previous question.
Mr. Logan hoped the previous question would not be sustained; some of the provisions proposed to be repealed, are very innocent ones; and he thought the house would be willing to retain them; he wanted to repeal the provisions allowing the Writ of Habeas Corpus, and some others. The previous question was then lost.
Mr. Logan denied that any discussion had been had on the provisions of the Charter proposed to be repealed. He wanted the gentlemen interested, to have an opportunity to be heard.
Mr. (of ) went into the subject at some length. He compared the Charter of with any other city in the ; and showed that the bill repealed the same powers in the Nauvoo Charter which others contained, and are permitted to retain. He thought this unjust, and was opposed to the principle of making such distinctions. He bore testimony to the good order and industry of the Mormons; and he had no doubt but that they were much abused.
He alluded to the course of the Whigs during the canvass for the last election, and appealed to his party, to sustain the Mormons, as they had so nobly carried the last election; he cautioned them against taking the other course; and predicted if they did, that they would be the means of electing a Whig to Congress in that district; and at the next Gubernatorial election, would elect the Governor also; that the arms of the Whigs were open to receive them.
3 March 1843 • Friday
3 I was again sitting on the case of vs until 10 ½ P.M, many witnesses were examined, many lawyers pleas made, and much law read; it was a very tedious suit, and excited much feeling among the people; when I returned home I found my ’s health improving. I visited Sister Durphy who was sick, in company with . returned from this evening, with five teams loaded with provisions and grain as a present to me, which afforded me very seasonable relief, I pray the Lord to Bless them that gave it abundantly, and may it be returned upon their heads an hundred fold.
“Mr. of , moved a call of the house (some members leaving)
The bill passed by yeas and nays as follows. Yeas— Messrs , Baillache, [John] Bell, Blakeman, Bone, Brinkley, Brown of , Burklow, Busey, Caldwell, Cloud, Cochran, Compton, Courtright, [Cyrus] Danner, Dollins, Douglas, , Epler, Ervin, Ewing, Ficklin, Flanders, Fowler, Glass, Gobble, Haley, Hambaugh, [p. 1487]
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