Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, February–March 1845

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8 February 1845 • Saturday
State of Illinois) ss
City of )
City Council Rough Book commencing February 8.1845. ½ past 10 A. M— Names of members called, a Quorum present— prayer by Ald. Minutes of last meeting read and accepted—
A discussion took place on the subject of swearing in the new council—
motioned “that the 2 councils sit together till noon”— carried— & then withdrawn
, spoke on the Election— some illegality may have taken place— it must be approved by this Council before they can take their Seats—
Moved and seconded that we hear the Report of our — and he read same—
—"— —"— it be accepted— and carried—
Ald , we are satisfied of the Election, and of the Council having taken their Oath of Office—
moved “that we approve <​accept​> of the Election <​of the new members”​> and that we request the old Council to remain during—— the day as a matter of courtesy.
said there is business on this table, that none but the Old Council can attend to—
suggests that an action be taken on it—
. said this is the Regular Session— & if the Old Council accept of the New Council, they (the new Council) must do that business—
spoke of his time as an old Co. being expired—
Co. the Old Aldermen must necessarily— act, until the new ones are fully authorized—
replied— the old Ald. need no new Commission. — the old ones must act until the new ones are qualified— the Council is complete as there is a majority without the Ald— <​spoke​>, requested to know if we are not dissolved— there is no more Old Council— & the new Council must do what they please—
moved that we invite them to stay with us this day—
, it falls on the old Mayor to ask the new one to take his seat—
Co. [Jonathan] Wright I understand it requires a Commission from the Govr. Before he can act— I consider the new Mayor cannot act until he receives his authority—
dissents from the Ex. in regard to a new Mayor— If I conceive aright the City Charter— we are a disorganized body without a head— and the old Mayor will have to act until the new one is qualified & I renew my motion that the old Co. be invited to remain—
moved that the old Co. be dissolved—
— if I understand it— the Old Mayor & Ald, must act, until the new ones receive their commission to act, but the councillors— when they take their Oath of office— they can act—
it only requires a majority of the Council to act— & I move that we invite the Old Councillors to remain with us—
the Mayor has a right to sit without a Commission—
said we all appear to be wanting to talk— I am satisfied that the old Co. is dissolved
The new roll was called— [p. [1]]
8 February 1845 • Saturday
State of Illinois) ss
City of )
City Council Rough Book commencing February 8.1845. ½ past 10 A. M— Names of members called, a Quorum present— prayer by Ald. — Minutes of last meeting read and accepted—
A discussion took place on the subject of swearing in the new council—
motioned “that the 2 councils sit together till noon”— carried— & then withdrawn
, spoke on the Election— some illegality may have taken place— it must be approved by this Council before they can take their Seats—
Moved and seconded that we hear the Report of our — and he read same—
—"— —"— it be accepted— and carried—
Ald , we are satisfied of the Election, and of the Council having taken their Oath of Office—
moved “that we accept of the Election of the new members” and that we request the old Council to remain during—— the day as a matter of courtesy.
said there is business on this table, that none but the Old Council can attend to—
suggests that an action be taken on it—
. said this is the Regular Session— & if the Old Council accept of the New Council, they (the new Council) must do that business—
spoke of his time as an old Co. being expired—
Co. the Old Aldermen must necessarily— act, until the new ones are fully authorized—
replied— the old Ald. need no new Commission. — the old ones must act until the new ones are qualified— the Council is complete as there is a majority without the Ald— spoke, requested to know if we are not dissolved— there is no more Old Council— & the new Council must do what they please—
moved that we invite them to stay with us this day—
, it falls on the old Mayor to ask the new one to take his seat—
Co. Jonathan Wright I understand it requires a Commission from the Govr. Before he can act— I consider the new Mayor cannot act until he receives his authority—
dissents from the Ex. in regard to a new Mayor— If I conceive aright the City Charter— we are a disorganized body without a head— and the old Mayor will have to act until the new one is qualified & I renew my motion that the old Co. be invited to remain—
moved that the old Co. be dissolved—
— if I understand it— the Old Mayor & Ald, must act, until the new ones receive their commission to act, but the councillors— when they take their Oath of office— they can act—
it only requires a majority of the Council to act— & I move that we invite the Old Councillors to remain with us—
the Mayor has a right to sit without a Commission—
said we all appear to be wanting to talk— I am satisfied that the old Co. is dissolved
The new roll was called— [p. [1]]
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