Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, January–November 1842

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City Council Rough Book,
Commencing January 1st. 1842.
, Illinois.
, Recorder.
[inside front cover]
1 January 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Evg.— 6 OClock P. M. Jany. 1st. 1842.—
City Council met pursuant to adjournment,— meeting opened by Prayer,— Minutes of last Meeting Read.—
Sworn as Treasurer.—
presented a Petn. from G. W. Hickerson & o[the]rs, as a Remonstrance agst. opening Water Street. which was referred to the Committee to whom the Petn. for opening Water St, was <​heretofore​> referred;—
The council was informed by the , that they were abt. to sit as a high Court of Impeachment in a Case wherein Urial C. Nickerson is Complt., & Gustavus Hills, Aldmn., Deft.—
Sworn & Exd.,— was present when a Suit was brought agst. Complt. before Aldn Hill, on the 22nd. Novr. 1841. 3 Witnesses were exd on each Side.— Evedence was that Complt. was to give $2,50 pCent. for Beef of an Ox, & Hide & Tallow, gone <​in​> for Butchering.—
That Complt said he wd not give more that $2,50, pCent,— Tender of that Sum was lodged with Wilber.— & Ct. decided no Cause of Action, because of Tender made.
Court was again opened, & decision agst. Complt. in abt. 6 days after.— Was not at this Trial.—
Was present at last Trial, & gave Testy. of Beef being worth $2,50 pCent..—
Saw bring back Property, did not know of Trade, but heard [Timothy] Foote say he had Recd pay for the ox, at rate of $2,50— saw the Tender made.—
Exd. by , talked to , when he brought back Property.—
By ,— Aldn. Hills said (on first Trial,) that there was no Cause of Action.—
Knows Complt. knows <​had​> not any Notice of 2nd. Trial, as he was on the Island, or [illegible]
By [p. 1]
By Deft.— Witness’ Wifes Testy.,— Cd not say that <​she said, that​> Foote was satisfied with the price at the rate of $2,50 pCent.Cant say posy. that Complt. went to Island next day, Dont know when Complt. returned,— but was absent at time of 2nd. Trial, but at home when Property was returned— Dont know whether Complt. was noticed for 2nd Trial.— Did not hear all Footes Evidence on 1st. Trial.— Were addl. witnesses on both Sides at 2.nd Trial.— Dont know whether Complt was at Home in the meantime between the two Trials.—
D. S. Smith.— Sworn.— Complt pd. Foote part price before he killed the ox.— Foote wanted 22 <​21​> or 22 Dols for ox, & Complt sd he wd give $2,50 pCent..— Foote agd. to take $2,50 pCent. Complt. pd. $10,00 at that time.— Wt was 699lbs.— price to be at that Rate, after Beef was killed.— Cd. not say whether Complt. was to have Hide & Tallow for Killing— took it tha[t] Deft. sided with Foote, from his manner of repeatedly asking the same questions 6 times or more, over again.— Deft. gave same oppy. of answering, to both Parties.—
By Deft.— his evidence was same there, as here.—
Complt wished Witness to be particular in Weighing the ox
By .— of Course Foote measured the Wt of Beef alon
By Deft.— he sd. Foote sd. he wd. rather take $2,50 pCent., than to take less than $22 for the ox.— for he thought he wd come to that.—
Complt.)
Sworn)
—sd Foote wanted $22 for the ox.— Foote then wanted him to kill the ox for him.— Ox was Butchered.— he pd $10 at once & payts. of two or three Dolls at times.— Foote refused Money, & sd Complt owed him $8.— Wilber took $2,31 as a Tender. Sd Cahoon saw ox 2 Mos before, & Evidence was that he was worth $22 for Work.—
Mrs. Grover <​he​> sd. she was present when Complt. bargd with a Man for an Ox at $2½ pCent., & that Foote then talked of price being 2½, but bargain not concluded.—
he said gave Evidence that price was to be 2½ or to kill Ox for Foote.—
Complt. [p. 2]
Complt. went to the Island after 1st. Trial, & did not return until after 2nd hearing.— Deft told him he had right to open the Judgt. at any time, & Recd Receive new Testimony.— he told Deft. he wanted to use the Property that had been taken in Exeon, & if he got it now, he wd take it, orse not.— he wanted time to get a Witness, Deft. wd. give him a Week & no more.—
That Mr. [Levi] Bracken sd. Complt told him he was to give $20— & after told $22.— & that he after saw ox with Foote.—
Considers from the Examn. of Witnesses, & Testimony given that he acted partially in that, & in rendering Judgt., & that he acted as if bribed, or prejudiced.—
Exd. by Deft.— drew his Conclusion from the Deft. being particular in examining as to the Conversation at time Foote brought Oxen toComplt.— Did not know Deft. postponed Trial from day to day waiting for Complts Witness, further than Defts. own Statement.—
By .— was detained 1/2 day & had to Run twice after property taken on Exeon.— Had not all Witnesses at last Trial— one particular one absent on a/c of Sickness.— Had Col on last Suit, & some little Col on 1st. (,) Trial.— Deft. told him he wd. take Col, & Return Property, if advised to do so.—
Sworn— Smith did not answer questions directly, & gave it as he gave it this Ev.g., & thinks Smith was not properly treated.— Smith said on former Trial that the price of Ox was 2½ pCent..— All the Evidence he heard in favour of Foote, as to Bargain, was what Bracken stated, & that was what took place long before ox was killed.— Deft. asked Smith questions sevl. times over, & he wd not answer them directly.— Deft. gave Witnesses on both Sides full priviledge at 3rd. Trial.— Smith evaded questions put by Foote, & also those put by Deft..—
.— heard Complt. demand transcript of Trials, & Deft. did not feel disposed to give Transcript of the proceeds. had when Judgt. was opened.— Sd it was on Scraps of [p. 3] of Paper, & that Complt. had agreed to give that up before
,— served Writ on his Br., went before Deft., heard of no Testimony, was kept from Saturday <​afternoon​> until Tuesday, <​at Noon,​> did not produce Testy., & he was liberated.— Dont know of Witness leaving the place to evade giving Testy..— Stood over at request of Complt. (,) because of the absence of s Brother.— Deft brought Hills out of Doors, & from mode of examg. Witnesses, he thought Deft was partial.
.— Wt. was granted by , & returned to Aldmn. Hills, & his Br. went off, he took a Wt. for him for absconding.—
David Sessions.— Was present at a trial for Money before Deft., one Mrs. Hills was Plt., & C. W. Lyon Deft., heard her & Husband & Mr. Lyon in Conversation.— at Trial, there was no witness but Mrs. Hills, & a Man, & the Mans Testy. was but light.— produced Newspapers to shew Money was Current when Lyons gave it, if it was at all given, through Witness.— One Witness gave Testy. on part of Hills the Plt., & 4 on pt. of Lyons, who proved that if Money was given, it was good at the time.—
Exd. by Deft..— Deft. was at Desk when he Sd that Lyons wd lose, one Witness & 2 Newspapers produced at Trial.
again Exd. & X Exd..— Sd. the Witness or Man Exd. on the Trial, identified Mrs Hills as being the woman who <​said she​> Recd. the Bill in the Store, & who he saw in the Store, & the woman swore posy. she got it there, & had no other <​Note​> of the same description, unless one not of the same amt..—
Re-Examd Said the Deft. acted with prejudice, & altogether in favour of Foote, both in the particular examination of the Witnesses for Foote, to have them Support his Case, & endeavouring to break down <​the Testimony of​> Complts Witnesses Mr. [p. 4] Mr. <​Levi​> Bracken Sworn.— said Foote told him Complt had come to his price for the ox, but did not tell price.— & that Complt. told him $20, & then witht any more words between them, $22.— Saw ox afterwards on the Street.
The Deft. spoke briefly upon <​a​> part of the Evidence.— also spoke on <​the​> part of the Deft..—
spoke as to the Evidence on pt. of Complt..— The Complt. likewise spoke upon the Testimony given.—
Colr. Joseph Smith spoke upon the Evidence given.—
Colr. likewise spoke.—
also spoke.—
Colr. spoke also.—
The made some observations on the Case.—
Colr. Joseph Smith again adverted to the Testimony.—
A Vote was then called for by Ayes & Noes, whether Alderman Hills be guilty of all or any of the charges preferred against him,— The number of the Council present was 17, who voted in the affirmative, for his acquittal, without a dissenting voice.—
The Council then adjourned until Saturday Evg. 15th. Jany. 1842.—
15 January 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 15th Jany. 1842.—
City Council met pursuant to adjournment,— Meeting opened <​by​> Prayer, Minutes of last meeting Read.—
A Petition was presented on behalf of & , praying that Lumber Street be opened to the full extent, as it is obstructed by Fence. which was Referred to , Colrs. & .— [p. 5]
moved a Petn. <​from Joseph Fisher & others,​> for Opening Back St.,— from Mulholland St., to Munson St.,— Referred to <​a​> Committee of , <​Colr​> , & <​Aldmn.​> G[ustavus] Hills.—
The Petn of <​John​> Burscough & others, respecting a St., referred to a Committee of <​Aldmn​> , & , & .—
The Petn. of for a St., <​to be opened,​>, Referred to <​Colrs​> , , & .—
<​Orders have been given on these four Claims.​>
The Petn. of Supervisor of Streets, allowed, for a Sum of $36,12½. for 35¼ days Work on Streets, & 87½Cts Smith Work included.—
The Petn of allowed, for Three Dollars, for Surveying the first St East of Warsaw St..
The Petn. of for $52,50 (as P a/c.) allowed.—
The Petn. of , Allowed, for Five Dollars, for Summoning City Council, & <​Noticing Aldermen​> to lodge Bonds, Noticing Assessor & Collector, & , to do the like, also High Constables, & Posting up Ordinances, & Resolutions.—
Colr. moved a Resoln. that this Council take it into Considn. whether this Council shall have pay for their Services, & if so, what Amount.—
Colr. Spoke,— spoke.— & Colr . spoke <​all in support of the Motion​>,— Colr. spoke, & wd. wish to have <​a full Meeting, or​> another Meeting, at least, before a Law wd. be passed,— he considers the People are Poor.—
spoke in Support,— Colr. likewise,— also, at Great length. & all in support of the Motion,— Resoln. <​was adopted, that the City Col shall have pay for their Services.​> not sustained as no Sum <​was​> specified
Colr. moved a Resoln., that the City Colrs. and Committees shall be paid the Sum of Two Dollars p Day each, for their Services as Colrs., <​& Committees of this Col.,​>— & spoke in support of it.
Colr. also spoke, in Support.—
also spoke, in Support.—
spoke to same effect.— as also so others of the Col., an amendmt was moved that it be made $1,00 which was lost by vote. & the Origl. Resoln. Carried— [p. 6]
Colr. applied on the part of , that he be instructed in his Duty as Weigher & Sealer, was permitted to speak, & he gave an Idea of the mode of adjusting, & Sealing Weights & Measures, This Matter was discussed by several of the Council, but <​they​> did not come to any decision upon it.—
The appointed the following Committees.—
Comittee of Ways & Means.— Joseph Smith,— ,— & .—
" On Claims.— , , & .—
" On public Grounds,— ,— ,— & .—
" On Finance.— ,— ,— & G. Hills.—
" On Municipal Laws.— J. Smith.— ,— & .—
Upon Motion of , It was Resolved, that the City Col. & Committees shall be paid the Sum of Two Dollars per Day each, for their Services, as Counsellors.—
Upon Motion of , It was Resolved, that the City Marshal receive the same pay for his time as <​one of​> the City Counsellors.—
Upon Motion of , It was Resolved, that the Sexton have Two Dollars for digging each Grave, & interring a Body, & that no other Person or Persons shall have the priviledge so to do, <​in any Case,​> unless by permission of the Sexton, & that the Sexton do keep a Record of all the Interments.—
Upon Motion of Colr. , that this Council procure a Complete Plot of the , for their Use, the same was referred to the Committee of Ways & Means.—
Upon Motion of that this Col. appoint a Committee to buy a Lot for, & prepare a House for the Council, which It was ordered to be <​laid​> on the Table.—
The [p. 7] The Subject Matter of the Burying Ground was spoken upon as regards the obtaining of a Title Deed for same.—
Council adjourned until Saturday next, to hold a Special Meeting at 6 oClock in the Evg., at the Col. Room.—
22 January 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Jany. 22nd. 1842.—
City Col. met purst. to adjournt.,— Meeting opened by Prayer, Minutes of last meeting Read.—
The presented a Message <​or Communication to the City Col.​>, containing sevl. Rules & regulations for the City Col., embracing the Order of proceedg. in Col., the Rights & priviledges of the Members, & duties of <​the officers &c.,​> which was Read, The s Message <​was​> referred to the Committee <​on​> of Municipal Laws
The Committee to whom a Petn. was refd, respecting a Street <​which Colr.​> <​Petd. for, &​> wished to be opd, brought in their Report, which was red., & the Petn. Granted, by allowing Harris St. to be opened from the , running East till near Mr. Baties West Line, thence South one Block, thence East to the East Line of Mr. Moffitts Farm, thence South two Blocks to the North Line of s Farm, thence East to <​the​> Eastern bounds of the .—
The Committee to whom <​was referred the Petn for the opening a St. running on the South Side​> of the , between Hibbard & Doil from the East to the limits of the , Report, & Recommend that the St. 7 <​rods​> North which has been surveyed, shd be opened, in preference, as it is on the best Ground, it wd save a Consid[era]ble expence to vary a little where it is now laid from the Creek by Caspers East, also to extend no further West at this time than the first Street East of Warsaw Street. The report was received, & , , , , <​&​> , spoke in debate upon this Report, & same was adopted as it Originally stood, as above.—
The Committee on the Petn. for the opening of [blank] Back St. from Mulholland St. to Munson St., Report, that they examined concerning the practicability of opening sd Street, & believe it wd be for the Interest of the Citizens on sd. St., & for the convenience of the Inhabitants Generally.— The Report Was received. & Colr. [p. 8] , , <​&​> Aldmn. [Gustavus] Hills spoke in discussion, upon this Report, & same was adopted as brought forward.—
Genl. Joseph Smith brought forwd the Report of the Committee of Ways & Means, Who Reported that a Complete Plot of the be procured for the use of the City Council,— which Report was Recd, & adopted.—
The presented an Order for fixing the Compensation of the City Col, & for other purposes,— which Recd first Reading.— Recd <​2nd​> Reeading.— & Carried by Vote, that it be Engrossed.—
Col. spoke in Support of the Bill.
The spoke in expln of the Views with which he prepared <​the Bill.​>
moved an Amendt., to strike out the words second Satdy. in each Month, & insert the first Monday in each Quarter, commencing on the first Monday in March next.— Which Amendt was lost on Vote.—
The Bill was Ordered to be Engrossed.— was Read a 3rd time, & passed by the above Title.—
The following were this Day appd. to be the Committee of Ways & Means.
Gl. Joseph Smith 4th Ward) 2nd. Ward.
3rd Ward) 1st. Ward.
The Committee on the Mayors Commun., brought in their Report, which was discussed, so far as respects amendts<​or alterations​> made by <​them, &​> <​the​> Report of Committee <​was​> Accepted,— and Adopted by Vote of Ayes & Noes.—
The following is the Mayors Commn., above mentd..—
Mayors Office &c. (see same in Times & Seasons of Feby. 1st.)
The Assessor brought in his Book, <​of assessment, of the Property of the Citizens,​> as a Report, which was Referred to the Committee of Ways & Means, who appd. to meet at the Col. Room on Thursday next, to investigate the Assessment, & ascertain the expences of the for the Current Year, &c..—
The s Message as amended <​& Reported upon, was​> Ordered to be published in the Times & Seasons, & 30 Extra Copies to be got for the use of the Council.—
Genl. Joseph Smith was Elected vice Mayor.— by Ballot.— Viz
For (Genl. J. Smith— 18) — 1
(— 1) — 1
[p. 9]
It was unanimously adopted, That——Genl to be allowed One Dollar per day for the use of <​the Room & Fuel & Candles​> <​for twelve Days, amounting to Twelve Dollars.—​>
Genl. Joseph Smith Sworn in Vice Mayor of the .—
The then announced the Standing Committees.—
presented an Ordinance in Relation to Dogs, which was Rejected.—
The was instructed to make out a list of Expences, granted by the City Col., & have same ready for the use of the Committee of Ways & Means, on Thursday next.—
Adjourned to meet on the 2nd. Saturday in Feby. next, same place
12 February 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 12th. Feby. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
City Col. met purst to Adjournment— Meeting opened by Prayer, Minutes of last Meeting Read.— Names of the Council Called.
presented a Petn. for opening a St. running from Parley St. South to Lumber St., reffd to Committee on Improvements.
A Petn. was presented respecting Swine, & referred to the Comittee on Municipa[l] <​Law​>
<​Issued Order.​>
Colr. presented a Claim from which was referred to the Committee on Claims, who Reported, & <​the Council​> allowed the Amt. claimed $11, 50. for Measures furnished by him.
presented a Claim from the Assessor for Assessing 35 days at $2,00 pr day, which was reffd to the Comittee on Claims, who reported thereon, adopting the Claim.— The Report was brought forwd.— Colrs. , & spoke, & report was <​ordered to be​> laid on the Table.
Colr. presented a Resln. to open Young St, through to the Eastern boundary of the City of , & that Mulholland St. be not opened further than ’s Farm, at present.— which was Refd. to the Committee on Improvements.—
Aldmn. [Gustavus] Hills presented a Resoln. relative to the Names of Streets, which was referred to the Committee on Municipal Law, Who made their report, upon which the following Resoln. was adopted.
Resolved [p. 10]
Resolved by the City Col. of the City of , That the Streets of the running East & West, North of North St. be called North 1st. St., North 2nd. St., North 3rd. St., &c. numerically to the extent of the limits North, & that the Streets South of South St, running in the same direction, be called South 1st. St, South 2nd St, South 3rd. St., &c, to the Extent of the Limits South.
presented a Resoln., that the Select Committee be Released, & the business of the burying Ground be transferred to the standing Committee on public Grounds.
obtd. liberty, & assigd the reasons why the purchase of the burying Gd. was not Carried into execution.—
The Resln. presented by was <​Adopted, & the Subject Matter thereof​> referred to the Comittee of public Grounds, accordingly.—
The Committee reported, recommending the Opening of Young St. to the Eastern Boundary, & Mulholland St. not to be opened, &c.
— Aldmn. Hills,— & Colr. spoke, & the made some observations— Colr. spoke in support of the Resoln. & Report, & the followg Resln was <​adopted​>—
Resolved by the City Col. of the City of that Young St. be opened through to the Eastern Boundary of the City of , & that Mulholland St. be not opened further than ’s farm, at present.—
Aldmn. Hills presented a Resoln. that the St. running South East of Warsaw St., heretofore Ordered open, be discontinued at its junction with Knight St., instead of Mulholland St. which was refd. to the Committee of Improvement.—
The Select Committee to whom was refd. a Petn. to open Water St., & a Remonstrance agst. said Petn., brought in their Report, in favour of said Remonstrance, which Report which was accepted, & Unanimously Adopted to Wit, that Water St. be not opened at this time.—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the Road labour Tax be assessed at Three Days, for the year of A. D. 1842.—
Aldmn. Hills, presented a Resoln. that the Standing Committee on of Improvements be instructed to select & Report a list of Names for all the Streets lying East of Warsaw St.,— which was refd to sd. Committee.—
A [p. 11]
<​Qu/ is this Ordce. to be Posted. Repassed March 5th..—​>
A Bill Was presented entitled an Act <​Ordinance​> to regulate Weights & Measures in the City of , which received the usual Readings, & passed Unanimously, The Title as above.—
An Ordinance regulating Auctions in the City of was presented, & received the usual Readings, & passed Unanimously, by the above Title.—
A Recess of One Hour taken, at 1/2 to One oC.— Called to Order agreeable to adjournment, & opened by Prayer.—
The Committee on the Municipal Law brought forward or reported a Bill respecting Swine, which was read the first Time. It was moved that it be laid on the Table, which was put to Vote, but did not Carry, Rules dispensed with, & Bill read a second Time.—
The Question, whether Bill shall receive a 3rd. reading, was put, & Carried lost.—
spoke in support of the Bill, , spoke against the Bill, unless amended. Colr J. Smith <​The Vice Mayor​> spoke in opposn. to the Bill, in Toto.
Colr. spoke at consid[era]ble length, & did not wish Bill to by carried <​as​> it now stands, neither at this time.—
Colr , moved an Amendment that after the Word Swine, the Words “under twenty five Pounds weight” be inserted.— & spoke in support of it.
The Vice Mayor, spoke against the Amendment.—
Colr. , also spoke agst. the Amendt., & did not wish Bill <​to pass.—​>
spoke respecting what he considered personalities alluded to him.—
The Vice Mayor Spoke in Reply.— [p. 12]
Colr. again Spoke upon the Subject.—
Amendment lost by Vote— Bill lost by Vote also.
Adjourned until the 2nd. Saturday in March next.—
17–18 February 1842 • Thursday–Friday
Thursday Feby. 17th. 1842.— Special Meeting.—
City Col met purst. to Special Notice.— Meeting opened by Prayer.— Minutes of last Meeting read, Corrected, & approved of.— The Names of the City Col. were then called.
Petn. of & others for the <​opening of Bluff St. from Mulholland St. to Munson St.​> was referred to the Committee of Improvements.—
A Resolution was presented & passed as follows, to wit.—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the Committee of public Grounds be authorized to proceed forthwith, & do all acts & things that they may Consider necessary, in Relation to the burying Ground, or Grounds, & that the Mayor & Recorder be directed to Consummate such Acts, of said Committee, all of which to be Reported to the next Council.
passed 17th Feby. 1842.—
Recorder.—
The following Resolution was presented & passed, to Wit.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the City Tax for 1841, be assessed at One half of One per Cent, on all Taxable Property.—
passed 17th. Feby. 1842.—
Recorder.—
A Return of Delinquents for the year 1841 was presented by the , put to Vote, and accepted, & afterwards,— & upon Vote, Referred to the Committee of Improvement.
A Claim was presented from Carlos Gove for Lumber, Nails, Butts, Screws & Labor, in Making Desks & Seats for the City Council, which was accepted, & Allowed, for $9,37½, being the bals. due.
Allowed Feby. 17th. 1842,
Recorder. [p. 13]
The following Resoln. was adopted by the City Col..—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the Case of U. C. Nickerson Versus Gustavus Hills, is a malicious prosecution, & that said Nickerson be Taxed with the Costs of Suit.
passed Feby. 17th. 1842.)
Recorder)
A Bill was introduced for regulating Marriages. which was Read the first Time,— Rules dispensed with, & read 2nd. time, The Col. went into a Committee of the whole, and Colr. was called to, & took the Chair.
The spoke to considerable length upon the Subject.
The Vice Mayor, Genl. , Aldermen , [Gustavus] Hills, & , & Colrs. , <​also spoke,​> some of the Members spoke different times. The again spoke for some time, when the Council adjourned for One Hour, for Dinner.
Council came to Order agreeable to adjournment.
The resumed his place upon the Floor, & spoke at length, & produced, & read <​what he wished to be inserted in​> the Ordinance, in Order to filling it up, which upon Vote, was agreed to, & the <​Question “shall this​> Bill ordered to a third [illegible] be Read a third Time?” was put,
then spoke, giving his views in opposition to the Bill.
The again spoke in Reply. Genl. Spoke,
spoke in opposition to the Bill, as it stands.
The replied in explination,— <​The Question Carried, and​> the Bill was read the 3rd time—
Bill passed by Vote, & Title to be.
An Ordinance regulating <​Concerning​> Marriages.—
<​x Comes in here. —​>
The Vice Mayor Assigned inhis resignation Fees as Councillor for the , in favor of the , until further Notice.—
Colr. Assigned his Fees as Colr. likewise.—
Assigned his Fees also.—
Assigned his Fees also.—
Assigned his Fees also
resign’d up his Fees for the past Year.—
Colr. resigned his Claim to pay as a City Colr up to this time, in favour of the Blind Inhabitants of the 4th. Ward of this , to be equally divided amongst them.— [p. 14]
Colr. moved a Resoln. that the Bill for fining the Members of the City Council for nonattendance, be, Repealed.—
The Question was put, “shall this Bill be rejected,” which Carried unanimously.
In the Resolu
The Vice Mayor spoke upon the Subject of Pay to the Colrs..—
Genl. rose to speak, & declined.—
spoke in favour of receiving Pay.—
Colr. spoke, <​& sd he thought​> that Pay shd be appropriated to the Poor.
spoke against Council receiving Pay.—
, wd. wish for Pay honorably, or be released as a Colr..
Genl. , spoke in favour of the Col. having Pay.—
does not wish it to be said that the Citizens are Poor.
The said there cannot be more than $500,00 raised on the Assesst.
said his theme was, & is, that we are Rich, & also spoke at consid[era]ble length.— The Vice Mayor declared his intention <​of speaking at length on this Subject at next Meeting. —​>
Adjourned until Six oClock Tomorrow Evg..— & to be considered as part of this Day. —
Council met agreeable to adjournment— opened by Prayer.
The vice Mayor arose, & waived his Right to Speak on the Subject of Taxn. at present, & reserved it for another Time.—
Colr. moved a Resoln. that the Monies resigned by the City Council, or any part of them, if not disposed of by themselves, become a poor Fund, to be appropriated hereafter for the benefit of the Poor of the City of . which was put to Vote, & Carried.—
Colr. resigned his pay as Colr., for the time past, & the present year, except any Fines which may be levied on him.
The Committee Reported on the Petn. for opening Bluff St, & brought in their Report, which was Accepted.—
The Vice Mayor moved, that Bluff Street be opened, which was Seconded, & upon Vote, it was Ordered to be opened <​from Mulholland St to Munson St.—​>
The Committee reported back the assesst., & <​recommended​> that it be recd., which was accepted, & the Assessment was Adopted upon Vote.
Amounting to $140,128, 00/100 Total.—
Colr. [p. 15]
presented a Petn. from & others to lay & open Water Street commencing at Stret running East to the Charter line.
Which was rejected upon Motion.—
A Bill for an Ordinance in Relation to the Registry of Deeds, and other Instruments of Writing, was presented, recd. the first & 2nd. Readings, The Col went into a Committee of the whole,— The Vice Mayor was called to <​& took​> the Chair,— & The took the Floor, & spoke to some length, in favour of the Bill.—
Colr. spoke at length in favour of the Bill.—
The again spoke in Support.—
The Vice Mayor spoke upon the Charter &c, (from the Chair) and occupied a considble length of Time.—
The spoke further upon the Subject, & Moved That the Committee Rise & Report, & they Reported in favour— of the Bill, which is to be read a third time at the next meeting of Council.—
The Names of the Col. were Called.
Adjourned to meet on the first Saturday in March next.
5 March 1842 • Saturday
Saturday March 5th. 1842.
The City Col. met pursuant to Adjournment,— Meeting opened by Prayer,— Names of the Council were called, after the Minutes of the last Meeting had been read & approved of.—
<​1​> Petn. of D. Clough <​& others​> for opening Wells St., & <​also a​> Subscription paper, were referred to the Committee of Improvements.—
<​2.​> Petn. of & o[the]rs to have Kimble St. opened, was Refd to the Committee of Improvement.—
<​3​> Remonstce of Benjn Brown <​& ors​> agst opening Kimball St. was Refd to the Committee of Improvement.—
<​"​> Petn The last foregoing Petn. <​& remonstrance​> were Refd., upon Motion, to a Select Committee, & .— [p. 16]
Genl. J. Smith moved a Resoln. that when property is Sold at Sheriffs <​Marshals or Constables Sale under the ordinances of this ,​> Sale, the Persons having their Property Sold shall have the privilege to Redeem the same, by paying <​the Principal​> <​&c & fifteen per Cent on Principal, with​> Cost & Charges, within thirty days after Sale.— which Resolution was Carried upon Vote.—
<​5​> The Committee of Improvement to whom was referred a Petn. for the opening of a Street, running South from Parley to Lumber Street, between Chas Hubbard, Bently, Taylor &c., we ◊◊◊◊ <​reported, and​> Recommended <​that​> Sd. St. be called Rich Street, & that said Petn. be granted.—
The report was recd., & Adopted as Recommended.—
<​6​> The Committee of Improvement to whom was referred the list of Delinquents on Streets, <​reported, &​> Recommend, that said Delinquents be required to pay, or work out the amt. on the Streets, By the first of July next, in this Year.— which was Recd, & adopted.
<​7​> Resolved that those wells in or near the Centre of Streets, be Ordered to be filled up by the Owners within thirty days, otherwise to be done by the authorities of the at the owners expence, & that no well shall hereafter be dug in any Street, except by Order of the City Col., & also that all wells on the Sides of Streets shall be well & sufficiently curbed within twenty days, or be filled up as aforesaid, & that all excavations be fill’d up as aforesaid.
<​8​> The Committee of Improvement <​reported, &​> wd. recommend that the resoln. referred to them “that the St. running South East of Warsaw St., heretofore Ordered open, be discontinued at its junction with Knight St., instead of Mulholland St.”.— be granted, which Report was recd., & the Resoln. Carried.—
<​9​> The Committee of Improvement <​reported &​> wd. Recommend the <​following​> within Names be given to the within following numbered Streets, from Warsaw St., Eastward.— Which Report was in part, & Recd., & adopted.— to Wit 1 Fulmer, 2 Rich, 3 Green, 4 Barlow, 5 Winchester, 6 Brigham, 7 Bagby, 8 Spears, 9 Bennett, 10 Richard, 11 Sloan, 12 Marks.— [p. 17]
<​10​> Genl. J. Smith moved that the Inhabitants of this shall keep their Children at Home, except on lawful business, on Sundays, & from Skating on the Ice, & from marauding upon their Neighbours Property, & any Persons refusing to do the same, shall pay five Dollars Fine for every offence for the same & which Resoln. was carried Unanimously.
The Bill relative to Weights & Measures, was repassed, & two
Comes in here.
<​11​> The Committee on Improvements to whom was referred <​the​> Petn. for the opening of Wells St. from the , North, Reported, & Recommended sd. St. to be opened. which Report was Recd., & the Petn. Granted.—
<​12​> Upon Motion of Genl. it was Resolved that the City Collector, be Authorized to collect the City Tax.
<​13​> Resolved that so much of Warsaw St. as has been heretofore located, be removed farther Eastward, to Correspond with the City Survey.—
<​14​> The Select Committee to whom referred a Petn. for, & a Remonstrance agst., opening Kimball Street, Reported, & Recommended that so much of the Petn. be granted, as that Kimball St. be opened from Hibbards East Line, East to Barlow Street, which Report was recd., & adopted.—
<​15​> Resolved that it be the Rule of this Council to grant all Petitions from the Citizens of this , <​for the opening of Streets,​> at the expence of said Petrs., if there is no Remonstrance against the same by more than <​an​> equal <​number of​> Names.—
<​16​> Resolved that all the Laws & Ordinances passed by this City Council, up to this day inclusive, be published in pamphlet form, at the expence of the .
<​17​> Resolved that all Carrion be removed without the Bounds of this , <​or buried 3 feet under the surface of the Ground,​> by or at the expence of the Person or Persons owning the Animal when it Died, [p. 18]
The Bill in relation to the Registry of Deeds, & other Instruments of Writing was brought forward. The question was put “Shall the Bill be read a 3rd. time” & Carried Unanimously. & the Bill was read accordingly.—
The Vice Mayor spoke in Support of the Bill.
Colr. also spoke in Support.—
The Vice Mayor again spoke at length in favour of the Bill.—
The spoke in expln. of the Law of Registry.
Colr. moved that it be referred to the Committee on Municipal Laws, & same was Committed to them
It was afterwards put to vote, & carried, that the Council go into a Committee of the whole.
The Vice Mayor then took the Chair.—
The Bill was amended <​by the Committee,​> & Reported back, & Read.—
The took the Floor & spoke in favour <​of​> the Rights of the Col. to pass this ordinance in any of the forms it has been offered, & spoke at length.
The Vice Mayor spoke from the Chair, on the powers contained in the Charter, & so forth.—
Genl. spoke to consid[era]ble length in favour of the Bill, & The , , , & , spoke, & also used strong arguments in favour of the Bill.—
The Committee of the whole reported back the Bill as amended.— Amendment Carried by Vote.—
Question “shall the Bill pass” was put, & Carried.—
The Bill passed.— Title,— An Ordinance in Relation to the Registry of Deeds, & other Instruments of Writing.
(Comes in here)
The Vice Mayor was appointed Register, by Vote, by Ballot, To Wit.— For one,— one.— three— & Joseph Smith Vice Mayor Eighteen,— who was then declared duly Elected.—
Resolved that the Fees of the Recorder of Deeds & other Instruments of Writing shall be, for Recording one hundred Words fifteen Cents,— For Copies of the same twelve & one half Cents,— For every search of Record twelve & one half Cents,— Official Certificate of Seal, when requested, thirty seven & one half Cents,— for each Certificate without Seal, twenty five Cents,— Payable in all Cases in advance.—
Adjourned [p. 19]
Adjourned until the second Saturday in April next.
9 April 1842 • Saturday
Saturday April 9th. 1842.—
City Col. met at Two oClock afternoon. Meeting opened by Prayer, <​reading of the​> Minutes of last Meeting dispensed with until next meeting,— Names of Council Called.
A Petn. was presented on behalf of Saml Henderson & ors for liberty to keep a Well open, which was referred to the Committee of improvement <​Public Grounds​>.
A Petn on behalf of Nathan Cheney & o[the]rs for a Well to remain open, was presented, & refd. to the Comittee of Improvet <​public​> Grounds.—
<​See hereafter.​>
A Petn. from Reuben Atwood & ors to open Bagbee Street, was <​from​> presented Parley Street North to Kimball Street, was presented, as also a Remonstrance, The Petn. (having a Majority of Signatures,) was Granted, at the expence of the Petrs.
A Petn. from & ors for a Bridge on Carlin Street, at the junction of Joseph Street, across the Ravine, was presented, & referred to the Committee of Improvement.—
A Petn. from Jeremiah Curtis & others to have Hibbard Street opened, was referred to the Committee of improvement.—
A Petn. was presented by Genl , to have a Right Angle made on Harris Street two Blocks to the South, sd Angle to be made on the East Line of Thomas Beatys Farm, & thence to go East according to the former ordinance, to the East End of the City Limits,— which was Granted.—
Resolved, that in all Cases before the authorities of this , Costs of Suit shall be Taxed against the unsuccessful Party.
passed Apl 9th. 1842.—
Recorder.— [p. 20]
)
Complt.)
Lewis Robinson,)
<​City​> Constable Defendant)
The s. Affidt. Read—
Sworn, as also Gustavus Hills, , & .—
Deft. pleaded not guilty to <​the​> Charge in afft..
exd., & X examined.—
G. Hills examined, & Cross Examined.—
Exd., & X Examid..—
Exd., & X Examined.—
Moved Seconded & Carried, that Cause be Dismissed.—
<​Stricken out by the direction of Col April 22nd. 1842.—​>
Resolved that the Name Carlin be stricken out of the City Platt as the name of a Street, & that the Name Hyde be inserted instead thereof, and Woodruff, for Bluff. Page St instead of Back Street.— Bennett instead of Warsaw.— Cahoon instead of Bennett.— Hill St. to be Hills St.—
Resolved that <​the City​> Marshal () do enter upon his Duties, & lodge his Bond with Security, at next Meeting.—
Collector to make his Returns the Second Saturday in June next.—
<​Genl Order on Treasurer 26 Apl 42.​>
The Assessors Fees for assessment <​for the year 1841​> Amounting to Seventy Dollars, for thirty five Days assessing, were <​was​> allowed.—
<​Genl​> & <​Aldn​> are instructed to Contract <​with​> <​ & ano[the]r​> for liberty for Him <​& anor​> to run a Wing into the for a Dam, & that the & as instructed, to confirm the same.
The Committee brought forward their Report upon the Petn. for opening Bagbee St. which was accepted, & the Report adopted, that Bagbee Street be opened from Parley Street North to Kimball Street, at the expence of Reuben Atwood & ors, Petitioners.
The [p. 21]
The Committee to whom was referred the Selection of Names for Streets, Reported, which was Accepted, & adopted the following Names for the two Streets, which are the only ones now without Names, viz first Wilson Street, second Law St
The following ordinances <​ A Bill​> was presented, & passed <​into an ordinance​> after the usual Readings & proceeds were had thereon, to wit.
An Ordinance amending an Ordinance, entitled “An Ordinance regulating Auctions in the City of
Sec 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of that the 6th. Section of “An Ordinance regulating auctions in the City of ” be, and the same is hereby repealed.
Passed April 9th. 1842.
Recorder.—
The following Resolution was Adopted upon Motion of Genl..—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the procure a Copy of the Times & Seasons to be furnished for the use of the City Council, to Commence at the beginning of the present Volume.—
Adopted April 9th. 1842.—
, Recorder.—
The Committee brought forward their Report upon the Petn. of Saml. Henderson & ors, for liberty to keep a Well open, which was accepted, & adopted, to Wit, That the Well be permitted to remain open for Eight Months, which is on the first Street West of Wells Street.
The Committee reported upon the Petn. of Nathan Cheney & others, which was Accepted, & it was Adopted that the Well dug in the Street, at the Junction of Patridge St with Carlos St, shall be permitted to remain open for Eight Months.
The Committee reported upon the Petn. of & ors, which was Accepted, & adopted, that a Bridge be erected on Carlin St, at the Junction of Joseph Street, across the Ravine.
The [p. 22]
The Committee reported upon the Petn. of Jeremiah Curtis & ors, which was accepted, & Adopted, that Hibbard Street be opened from running eighty Rods, across Kimball’s addition only, & to be <​done​> at the expence of the Petrs..
An Ordinance <​Bill​> was presented <​for​> entitled. “An Ordinance to regulate Taverns and Ordinaries in the City of .” which recd. the Usual Readings, & passed <​by​> as follows, the above Title.
Adjourned until the Second Saturday in May next,
at 10 OClock A. M.—
22 April 1842 • Friday
Friday Evg. Six oClock, April 22nd. 1842.
City Council met pursuant to Special appointment,
Meeting opened by Prayer. <​Reading of the ​> Minutes of <​the​> two last Meetings dispensed with.
Names of the Members of the Council were called.
A Bill was introduced for the regulation of making Brick, which was read the first & second times moved for a third reading, & discussed, & motion Carried that Bill be read a third time, and <​the Bill​> passed. & entitled An Ordce fixing the Size of Brick Moulds in the City of .
A Bill was introduced for the Licensing of Stores & <​Groceries​>, which was read the first & second times, moved for a third Reading, & discussed, & motion put & Carried that Bill be read a third time, <​the Bill​> passed.— Entitled.— An Ordinance in Relation to Stores & Groceries [p. 23]
A Bill was presented for the altering the Names of Certain Streets, which recd the usual Readings, & passed, Entitled, An Ordinance Altering the Names of Certain Streets therein named.
A Bill was presented, upon which an Ordinance was passed after the usual Readings, to Wit
An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance entitled “An ordinance to regulate Taverns and Ordinaries, in the City of .”
— A Resoln. was passed Conferring the Freedom of the City upon Genl. , Esq, & Col. .
City Surveyor presented a Claim for Surveying Harris Street, also one for Surveying or extending Young Street, which was referred to the Committee of Claims.—
The Petition of Aaron F. Farr & ors to have Wells Street opened, was referred to the Committee of Improvements, who reported, which was accepted, & the Petn. of said Aaron Fare & ors granted “that Wells Street be opened, running from the South to the at the expence of Petrs.
Upon Motion of Colr it was Resolved that the Act Ordering that part of Hibbard Street which runs through Kimballs addition 1½ block north of the Old La’ Harp Road, be annulled, unless the Damages be paid before the Street be opened.
Resolved, that this Council shall not have or make any Claim for pay, for their services, at this Meeting.
Adjourned until the next regular Meeting.— [p. 24]
14 May 1842 • Saturday
Saturday May 14th. 1842. Ten OC. A. M.—
Meeting of City Council as above, Opened by Prayer. Names of the City Council called, Minutes of the last three Meetings were read <​& approved of​>— Several Petitions were presented, read, & referred to the respective Committees.
<​The​> Committee of Municipal Laws Reported upon, & Recommended that Went into a <​the Adoption of the Petition that​> all Brothels or Houses of ill Fame Erected or continued in the City of be prohibited, and by Law declared a public Nuisance.
It was moved Seconded & Carried that the House go into a Committee of the whole, which was done, Colr. was called to <​& took​> the Chair.
Genl. Joseph Smith spoke at length, & wished for an ordinance to remedy the existing Evil.
Genl. spoke to considerable length to the same effect.
spoke <​in strong Terms​> in accordance with the Remarks made by the foregoing Members who spoke before him.
Genl. J. Smith again Spoke, & wished <​that the Bill for​> an Ordinance, amended, as <​that purpose as​> offered by Col , shd be amended.
The Bill was amended accordingly.
Colr spoke at length in Support of the Bill. Colr. also spoke in Support, & at length.
The Bill was read, as amended.
Genl. J. Smith again spoke to consid[era]ble length.
Colr. explained.
Genl again spoke, <​& amongst other things​> agst. Night Suppers, <​night​> Parties & Balls, & c. &c..
Adjourned for one Hour, at one oC. P.M.
Council came to order at Two oClock, P.M.
took the Floor, & spoke in support of the Bill.
also spoke in approbation of the Bill.
spoke in support, & wishes Bill amended, by leaving the <​Penalty​> without limitation, or the Bill was amended, Rules dispensed with, & Bill read 2nd. time, the Usual Rules were gone through & the Bill passed.— Title,— “An Ordinance Concerning Brothels & disorderly Characters. [p. 25]
The Petn. of Thomas J. Brandon & others to have Hotchkiss Street opened from Arlington St east to Winchester St. <​as also a Remonstrance agst same​> were referred to the Committee of Improvement, who reported thereon, which Report was rejected. & it was Resolved that the Petn. be rejected, & it was rejected accordingly.
The Claim of as Marshal, notify for notifying the City Council, & other Services, from 3rd. Feby. 1841, until Octr. 15th. 1841, was Referred to the Committee on Claims, who Reported, Recommending that twelve Dollars be allowed to him for said Services, which Report was received & Adopted.
The Petn. of & others, to have the highway Taxes of the altered, & to Tax every Man according to what the property he possesses, was referred to the Committee of Ways & Means, who reported. the Report was received, & adopted, Rejecting the Petition.
A Bill was brought forward praying that the Act entitled an Act regulating Stores & Groceries be repealed, which was referred to the Committee on Municipal Laws, who reported in favor of the Bill, which was read the first time, Rules dispensed with, & came to a second reading, & upon discussion by J. Smith Vice Mayor, Colrs. , & , & the further usual proceedings had thereon, the following Ordinanc[e] was passed, entitled, An Ordinance to repealg. certain Ordinances respecting Licences in the City of .
<​Order drawn, & paid.​>
The Committee of Claims brought in their report upon the Claim of , which was received, & Adopted, allowing him Six Dollars for Surveying Harris Street, and extending Young Street.
A Bill was brought forward praying for the Reduction of the price for Scaling Weights & Measures, which was referred to the Committee of Municipal Laws, who reported in favour of the Bill, which was read the first time, Rules dispensed with, read second time, the further usual proceedings were had thereon, & passed into an Ordinance, entitled An Ordce to amend an Ordce entitled “An Ordce to regulate Weights & measures.”— [p. 26]
The Petition of & for privilege to <​of​> erecting Butments & Piers in the , was referred to the Committee on public Works, who reported favourably thereon, which Report was adopted, & <​into​> the following Resolution.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that & have privilege of erecting Butments & Piers in the , between Locust Street & the next Street North, for the indispensable use & convenience of the Steam Mill now being erected between the said Streets, on the River Beach, not infringing upon the Rights of the Ferry.
passed May 14th. 1842.
Recorder.
The Petition of Benjamin Brown & others for opening Winchester Street was referred to the Committee of Improvement, who Reported, Recommending that the Petn. be granted, which Report was Received, & adopted, by the following Resolution.— Resolved &c. that Winchester Street be opened South from Parley Street to Hills Street, at the expence of the Petitioners.—
passed May 14th. 1842.—
, Recorder.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that Colr. be <​& he is hereby ​> Authorized to Sell a portion of the Lots of the Burying Ground, the Terms of Sale to be, one third part of the price <​or purchase Money​> to be paid down in hand, One third part to be paid in Six Months from the Time of Sale, & the remaining third to be paid in Twelve Months from the Time of Sale, the Obtaining of Security for such payments to be at the Option <​discretion​> of <​the​> said , and he to give Bonds or other <​necessary​> Documents for <​to insure​> the due performance <​fulfilment by the and ,​> of All <​Sales and​> such Agreements he may so make.
passed May 14th. 1842.
, Recorder.
Adjourned until the 2nd. Saturday in June next.— [p. 27]
19 May 1842 • Thursday
Thursday May 19th. 1842. One oClock P. M.
City Council met pursuant to special appointment, opened <​by Prayer​>
Reading of Minutes of last Meeting dispensed with until the next Meeting.— Names of the Council were called.
The produced & read the Resignation of s <​resignation​> as <​of​> the office of Mayor of this , which was <​unanimously​> accepted
It was then agreed by <​vote of​> the Council, unanimously, that the take the Chair until the office of Mayor be filled. The then acted as Chairman, when the following Ballot took place,— For <​Lt. Genl​> Joseph Smith Eighteen, & for Ald One.— Upon which <​Genl​> Joseph Smith was declared to be duly Elected Mayor of the City of , & he was thereupon Sworn into office, & took the Chair accordingly.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of a Vice Mayor, in the stead of Genl. Joseph Smith, elected Mayor, For Genl. 18.— For 1. For 1.— Upon which Genl. was declared duly Elected, & took the Oath of office
The following Resolution was then passed.—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the place of , as one of the City Councillors of this , be, & the same is hereby declared vacant, in Consequence of his becoming a nonresident of this .
May 19th. 1842.
, Recorder.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of
was elected <​a Member of the City​> Councillor Council of the City of in the place of , whose place had been declared vacant.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of a <​Member for the City​> Col. in the place of Genl. J. Smith elected Mayor.
For 10.— For Robert Stone 4.
2— 2.
1.
Whereupon was duly Elected, & declared so accordingly.
The [p. 28]
The following appointments were made upon Vote.
to the Committee of Claims, in place of .
to— do— of public Works,— do— Joseph Smith.
to— do— of Municipal Laws, do.—— do——
to— do— of Ways & Means, do,— do
The following Resolution was passed, upon Motion of <​Colr.​> .
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that this Council tender a Vote of Thanks to Genl. , for his great Zeal in having good & wholesome Laws adopted for the Government of this , & for the faithful discharge of his Duty while Mayor of the same.
passed May 19th. 1842.
,— Recorder
The following Resoln. was passed upon Motion of Colr. .
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that a night Watch be <​& the same is hereby Ordered to be​> established in this , & that the number of Persons to Compose said Watch, & the regulations and Duties connected therewith, be at the <​sole​> appointment and discretion of the Mayor.
passed May 19th. 1842.
Recorder.—
The Committee of Claims brought in their Report upon the Petition of & o[the]rs, to have their Wages answer on their Taxes for the year 1841, the Report was accepted <​which was,​> that they do not Recommend the adoption of the Petition, & Upon vote, the Petn. was rejected.
<​Gave order this day.—​> The Certfe [certificate] of , for Surveying the Burying Grounds, was presented, & referred to the Committee of Claims, who Reported, recommending that his Claim for Twenty four Dollars be allowed, which Report was adopted by a Resolution.—
Resolved by the City Col. & c., that the Military officers do make such arrangements as they deem proper for the preservation of the Cannon belonging to the Nauvoo Legion.—
<​Adjourned​> [p. 29]
<​Adjourned until the next regular Meeting, on the Second Saturday in June next.—​>
<​Joseph Smith, Mayor.​>
<​May 19th 1842.​>
<​, Recorder.​>
23 May 1842 • Monday
Monday Evg. 6 oC. May 23rd. 1842.— Special Meeting.
The City Col. met by special appointment.
Meeting opened by Prayer by . Names of the Council called. Minutes of the Meeting of the 14th. May Inst. were read <​, &​> approved.
It was moved seconded & carried Unanimously that the office of Coroner be, <​& the same hereby is,​> Created and for this City of
was elected Coroner by Vote, but <​he​> having requested that the Same Order be Rescinded, it was done, accordingly.
was then duly Elected Coroner by an unanimous Vote.
It was referred to the Committee of Municipal Laws to prepare a draft of the Duties of the Coroner to lay before this Council.
Alderman presented his resignation of that office, which was accepted of, & upon motion of Colr the following Resolution was passed.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that a vote of <​and approbation and thanks of this Council​> thanks be, & the same hereby is tendered to , for his praiseworthy Conduct as <​an​> Alderman of this , while holding said that office.
was duly Elected a Colr. & added to the City Council.
Adjourned to the next regular Meeting.—
May 23rd 1842.
Joseph Smith, Mayor
, Recorder. [p. 30]
11 June 1842 • Saturday
Saturday June 11th. 1842.
City Council met pursuant to adjournment, Meeting opened by Prayer.— Minutes of two last Meetings Read <​& approved.​>. Names of Col..—
appointed <​chairman​> of the Committee of Improvement, by an unanimous Vote.
Col. moved a Resoln., that a City Pound be established in the City of , which was unanimously adopted.— & it was referred to Col. to prepare the Duties of Poundkeeper, to be laid before <​the​> Council at next Meeting.—
Resolved by the City Col. of the City of , that <​the time for​> Lewis Robi[n]son the City Collector, to, & he is hereby allowed until Complete the Collection of the City Taxes, be, & the same is hereby extended until the Second Saturday in September next— & that he do now lodge <​with the ​> the Amount of Taxes <​already​> collected, with & now in his Hands. with not duly appropriated.—
Resolved by the City Col of the City of , that the publication of the City Charter, & Ordinances of the City Col., & Nauvoo Legion, be procured to be done before the first day of July next.— <​& the proceedings <​until​> at that present time to be included, up to the close of this Meeting.​>
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the Bond executed by , (Alderman,) binding him to make a Deed for the Property purchased of him for a burying Ground for the use of the <​this​> , be put on Record in the office for the Registering of Deeds, &c. in the City of , & that the procure same to be done.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the office of City Auctioneer be, & the same hereby is, Created for this .
Upon Motion of , Charles Warner was Unanimously appointed City Auctioneer for the City of .— Adjourned until the 2nd Saturday in July next.—
June 11th. 1842.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.
, Recorder. [p. 31]
22 June 1842 • Wednesday
Wednesday Evg., 6 oC. June 22nd. 1842.
City Council met pursuant to special appointed appointment.
<​General took the Chair, & called the meeting to order.​>
Meeting opened by Prayer.— Names of the Council Called.
Minutes of the last Meeting read and approved.
presented a Petition to have Two Dollars and fifty-five Cents granted to him for his Services for 1842, to satisfy his City Tax of 1841. which Petition was Ordered to be laid upon the Table.
A Bill was presented by , which went through the usual Proceedings, <​the rules being dispensed with,​> and passed Unanimously,— Title as follows,— to wit, “An Ordinance repealing all Ordinances, Laws and Resolutions, relative to the changing of the Names of Streets.”
Adjourned until the second Saturday in July next.—
June 22nd. 1842
, Recorder.
Tuesday Morning 8 oClock, July 5th. 1842.
City Council met pursuant to special Notice.
Names of the Council Called.— Reading of Minutes of last Meeting dispensed with.—
Col. presented a Bill, which was read, the Rules dispensed with, and after discussion, & the usual proceedings had thereon, unanimously passed into an Ordinance, Title agreed upon, as follows, to Wit, An Ordinance in Relation to Writs of Habeas Corpus
A Bill was presented and read, upon which the Rules were dispensed with, went through the usual proceedings, and passed into an Ordinance, by the following Title, An Ordinance, Creating certain further additional City Offices therein named”.
A. [p. 32]
A Bill was presented, and Read, the Rules dispensed with, the usual proceedings had thereon, after some discussion, and passed into an Ordinance, Entitled, “An Ordinance in Relation to public Shows, and Exhibitions”.
<​Order given​>
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that an order be, and the same is hereby granted, to , upon the Treasury of this , for Fifteen Dollars, towards his Labour.
passed July 5th. 1842.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.
, Recorder.
A Bill was presented, & read, for the regulation of the Duties, and Fees of the City Auctioneer of the City of , which was referred to the Committee of Municipal Laws.
Adjourned until, Saturday next, July 9th., regular Meeting.—
9 July 1842 • Saturday
Saturday July 9th. 1842.— Ten oClock A. M.
Council met agreeable to adjournment. Meeting opened by Prayer.— The took the Chair.— Minutes of last two meetings read and approved of. Names of Council Called.—
Councillor presented a Petn, praying for alterations & amendments to the Ordinance Organizing the Nauvoo Legion, and gave his Reasons in full for bringing it forward.
spoke in support of the Petition.
Alderman [Gustavus] Hills spoke in opposition, & does not consider it to be a matter for the Action of this Council, but for the Court Martial of the Legion.—
<​one of a Committee appointed by a Court Martial,​> was permitted to take opportunity to explain the reasons why this Council has a Right to Act on this Petition, & the necessity for the alterations required.
Colr. [p. 33]
, opposed the granting of the Petn as it now stands, or in any form, but it may be done by Ordinance.
Aldern. Hills, considers the Council have not any Right to interfere with the Legion, in the enactment of Laws, & that all power is transferred to the Legion, by the Ordinance.
, spoke in support of the Right of the Council. The Petition was withdrawn.—
moved that a Select Committee be appointed to prepare an Ordinance to amend an Ordinance <​entitled “an Ordinance​> organizing the Nauvoo Legion.”
Committee to be Composed of Colrs , , , & .
Adjourned at One oC. P. M. for two Hours.
The time for meeting arrived, & part of the Council assembled, & remained waiting the Arrival of the Remainder, but severals did not come, & the was instructed to notify the entire City Council to meet at Ten oClock A. M. on Tuesday next.
Council adjourned until that Time.—
12 July 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday July 12th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
City Council met pursuant to adjournment,— Opened by Prayer, Names of Council called. Minutes of last meeting Read & approved.—
The Committee of Municipal Laws brought forward their Report upon the Auctioneers Bill, which was received, the rules were dispensed with, & <​the​> usual proceedings had thereon, <​and the Bill amended​> & passed into an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance Regulating the Duties and Fees, of City Auctioneers, in the City of .”
The Select Committee reported upon the Bill to amend an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance Organizing theNauvoo [p. 34] Nauvoo Legion passed Feby. 3rd. 1841.— which was received, the Rules were dispensed with, and it received the Usual Readings, and passed, entitled, “An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance Organizing the Nauvoo Legion. passed February 3rd. 1841.”
A Bill was presented relative to the publication of the City Laws & Ordinances, which went through the usual proceedings, the Rules being dispensed with, and became an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance Authorizing the publication of additional Laws and Ordinances”.—
Colr. to whom it was referred to prepare the Duties of Pound keeper, presented a Bill to that effect, which (after some remarks,) was Ordered to be laid on the Table.
The made a return of the delinquents who have not performed their labour on the Streets for the year 1841, within the time granted to them, (up to July 1st. 1842,) and it was referred to & (a Select Committee,) to prepare an Ordinance, to provide for the Recovery of the Forfeitures.
& were appointed a Select Committee, to prepare a Bill for an Ordinance, relative to having Returns made by City officers, of all Fines assessed by before them.
was duly elected City Coroner, by an Unanimous Vote.
Charles Warner was duly elected a City Auctioneer, by an Unanimous Vote.
Upon Motion of Colr. , It is hereby Ordered by the City Council of the City of , that a Sum of Fifty Dollars be appropriated towards the printing of the Laws and Ordinances of this , & that the usual Order be drawn upon the Treasury for that purpose.— [p. 35]
It is hereby Ordered by the &c., that the do draw from the City Treasury, in the usual manner, Fifty Dollars, in part pay for his Services in the present Year
It is hereby Ordered by &c., that the Claim of for services as a Member of this Col, do stand over until next meeting, & that the do <​then​> Certify to this Col the amount of Services done.
Adjourned until the 2nd. Saturday in August next.
22 July 1842 • Friday
Friday Morning 8 oClock July 22nd. 1842.
City Council met purst to special Notice, <​the took the Chair,​> meeting opened by prayer, Names of Council called, reading of minutes of last meeting dispensed with until next meeting.
moved that a Petition be prepared to lay before the of this , praying that he will protect Lieutenant Genl Joseph Smith from arrest under any Writ from , and the Inhabitants of this & its vicinity from the intrigues of evil designing Men.
The gave an Explination of what he considered the Petition should contain, & so forth.
, , & were appointed a special Committee to prepare the Petition, and the to assist.
The Council adjourned <​at eleven oC A. M.​> until the Petition be prepared and to meet upon the meeting ground, The Petn was prepared.
The Council met at half past 3 oC. when the Petition was read by the , after the Organization of the Col., and accepted <​& adopted.​> by Vote of the Col., with priviledge to the Committee to revise <​& amend​> it in form, before engrossment, but retaining the substance.
The Council then signed the Petition.
Adjourned until next regular meeting. [p. 36]
5 August 1842 • Friday
Friday August 5th. 1842. Six oClock P. M.—
City Council met pursuant to a Special Call.
The vice Mayor presided, as Presdt pro tem.
Names of the Council were called.— Reading of Minutes of last Meeting dispensed with, until next Meeting.
<​obtained leave, and​> brought forward a Bill to regulate proceeds in the Municipal Court under Habeas Corpus, the Bill was read the first time, and <​upon Motion for a second Reading, it was​> and referred to , and Colrs and , (a select Committee,) to Report thereon at the first meeting of Council.
was duly elected a Member of this Council, in the stead of deceased, and was Sworn.
Adjourned until Monday next at two oClock P. M.
Monday August 8th. 1842. Twelve oClock Noon.—
City Council met agreeable to a special call.
The presided as President pro tem.
Names of the Council called,— reading of Minutes of <​three​> last meetings dispensed with until next meeting.—
The Committee to whom was referred the Bill for regulating proceedings under Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Municipal Court, made their Report, which, upon Motion, was accepted, the Bill was read the second time, & upon discussion was amended, it was then read the third time according to the usual proceedings, and passed Unanimously. Title agreed to, As follows, “An Ordinance regulating the mode of proceeding, in Cases of Habeas Corpus, before the Municipal Court”.
Adjourned until the next general Meeting. [p. 37]
13 August 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Aug. 13th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
Several of the City Council were Members of the Court Martial, which sat at same hour this Morng., therefore the meeting of Col. was deferred until after the adjournment of the Ct. Martial, which took place about half past three oClock P. M.— the names of the Council were then called, but a Quorum not being present, the meeting was adjourned until two oClock <​P. M.​> on Saturday next.
August 13th. 1842.
Recorder.
20 August 1842 • Saturday
Saturday August 20th. 1842. Two oClock, P. M.
City Col. met pursuant to adjournment,— The presided,— meeting opened by Prayer,— Names of Council were called,— the proceedings of the last five Meetings were read & approved of.
<​Order given.​>
Resolved &c., that be paid seven Dollars out of the City Treasury, for his services while a City Councillor of this .
Resolved &c., that the be, & he hereby is required, to make a weekly report <​for publication​> to the Editor of some Newspaper published in this , of the number of interments, & the names & ages of the Persons Deceased, with the nature of the diseases of which they Died.
Resolved &c., that be, & he hereby is discharged, from the office of Chancellor of the University of the City of , he being unworthy to hold said office.
was duly elected Chancellor of the University of the City of , in the stead of discharged, and took the Oath of Office.
Amasa [p. 38]
was duly elected a Regent of the University of the City of , in the place of , deceased.
Resolved &c, that the be, &he hereby is instructed to procure <​for the Corporation, a sealing​> press, for the use of the Corporation Seal, the price whereof is not to exceed Five Dollars.
Resolved &c that the procure a Book to keep an account of the Orders drawn upon the Treasury, & so forth.
Adjourned until next regular Meeting.
9 September 1842 • Friday
Friday Septr. 9th 1842. special meeting at 8 oClock A. M.
Council met by special call,— opened by Prayer, The Mayor & being absent. was elected to preside as President pro Tem.— Names of the Council were called,— Minutes of last meeting read, & approved.
Resolved &c., That on any Member or Members of the City Council of the City of leaving, or reporting that he or they is <​or are​> about to leave the , with the intention of being absent for three Months or longer, the City Council may elect a Member or Members to fill his place ortheir places, until his or their return.
declared his intention of being absent for three Months or longer, and Recommended to fill his place,— declared a like intention, & recommended Winslow Farr,— made a like declaration, & recommended ,— for a like reason recommended .— likewise recommended ,— being absent from the City was nominated to fill his place,— having gone also, was nominated to fill his place,— & , also absent, was nominated to fill his place. and those [p. 39] those Persons so recommended or nominated were respectively elected accordingly.—
Alderman [Gustavus] Hills, , & were appointed a Select Committee, to whom it was referred to prepare an Ordinance relative to the assessing and Collecting of the City Taxes for the present year, (1842.).—
was elected City Marshal pro tem, in the place & absence of .—
was elected City Treasurer, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the removal of the former incumbent, and <​it was ordered​> that said appear and give Bond at the next meeting of this Council.
A Bill was presented by Colr. & accepted by an unanimous vote, and went through the usual Readings, the Rules being dispensed with, and passed into an Ordinance, to Wit, entitled, “An Ordinance relative to the Return of Writs of Habeas Corpus.
Adjourned until Friday the 23rd. Inst at 4 oClock P. M.—
23 September 1842 • Friday
Friday 23rd. Septr. 1842, four oClock P. M.
Several of the City Council met, & upon calling the names, it appeared there was not a quorum, the <​next​> meeting was appointed to be at 2 oClock P. M., on Monday the 26th. Inst, & the got a list of the names of the absent Members, with instructions to notify them accordingly.
The following Persons were sworn, & took the Oath of Office as Colrs of this , in the absence & stead of the Colrs in whose place they were respectively appointed to act to wit: Winslow Farr, , , , , & .
<​Sept. 23rd. 1842.​>
, Recorder [p. 40]
26 September 1842 • Monday
Monday Septr. 26th. 1842. Two oClock P. M.
Council met by special call,— Names of the Council were called,— was elected, to act, “President pro tem,” in the absence of the Mayor, and .— minutes of the two last meeting, and subsequent proceedings, were read, & approved.
A Bill was presented for an Ordinance <​ to​> create the office of Notary Public for this , which recd the usual readings, & passed into an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance creating the office of Notary Public in the City of .”—
A Bill was presented., which received the usual readings, and passed into an Ordinance, entitled, An Ordinance respecting Mad Dogs & other Animals.”
A Bill was presented, which received the usual readings, and passed into an Ordinance entitled, An Ordinance to regulate proceedings by & under Writs of Attachment in the Municipal Court.”
the City Recorder, was duly & unanimously elected, Notary public for this .
<​Order given​>
s claim of five Dollars, for making a City Seal, was allowed.
The was instructed to procure a Seal for the Municipal Court.
The claim of for summoning the City Council, and attending meetings of the Col., was referred to the Committee on claims.
The Account furnished by the City Watch was referred to the Committee on claims.
Adjourned until the next regular Meeting. [p. 41]
8 October 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Octr. 8th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
Some of the Council met, but a majority not being present, the Council, <​or Members present,​> adjourned until Two oClock P. M. & that the absent Members be notified forthwith.
The Council met at Two oClock P. M.— was elected President pro tem.— Meeting opened by Prayer,— Names of the Council were called,— Minutes of last meeting Read & approved.
<​Order given.​>
The Report of the Committee, on the claim of was accepted, & adopted, allowing him a Sum of Twelve Dollars, for Summoning Council, & attending their Meetings.—
The Report of the Committee, upon the Bill furnished by the City Watch, was received and accepted, Which <​Report​> merely referred back the Bill to the Council for their action thereon.
Resolved by the City Col. &c., that the Act of the Mayor and , in drawing upon the City Treasury of this for a Sum of $538,50, being the claim of the City Watch up to the 27th. day of August last, inclusive, be, and the same is hereby approved.
Resolved &c, that the be, & he hereby is Ordered, to not make any further payment out of the City Funds, upon the Order heretofore drawn upon him, for payment of the City Watch, unless further Order of this Council.
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that Adjourned until the next regular Meeting. The be, & <​he hereby is​> instructed to proceed & recover payment of the Arrears due by delinquents for Road labour Tax, for the Year 1841.
Adjourned until the next regular Meeting. [p. 42]
17 October 1842 • Monday
Monday Evg. (6 oClock) Octr. 17th. 1842.
Some of the Council met upon a special call, but for want of a majority, they could not proceed with business, and were obliged to adjourn, sine die.
, Recorder.
22 October 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 22nd. Octr. 1842. (9 oClock A. M.)
Upon a special call of two of the Aldermen, a few of the City Council met, but could not act for want of a majority, and adjourned sine die.
, Recorder.
24 October 1842 • Monday
Monday 24th. Octr. 1842. (6 oClock P. M.))
The Council having been specially called, by Order of two of the Aldermen, several of the Council met, but for want of a majority, adjourned until 6 oClock tomorrow Evg., & the was instructed to notify all the absent Members, thereof.—
, Recorder.
25 October 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday 25th. October 1842, (6 oC. P. M.)
The Council met by special appointment, names of the Council were called, meeting opened by Prayer, minutes of all meetings since the 26th Septr. last, were read and approved of.— Col. was elected president pro tem.
A Bill was presented, to regulate the duties and Fees of Notary Public, which was referred to the Committee of Municipal Laws.—
A Bill was presented by respecting absent Members, which after discussion was referred to a select Committee, to wit, , , & .
A Bill was presented respecting Carrion, which went through the usual Readings, & was amended, & passed, entitled [p. 43] entitled, “An Ordinance respecting Carrion”.
The Bill respecting absent Members, was reported upon, & after discussion & amendment went through the usual readings, & passed, entitled, “An Ordinance respecting absent Members”.
A Bill was presented concerning publick Revenue of the City of , which underwent considerable discussion, & eventually was referred to a select Committee to wit, , Colrs & , , & Colr. , & the instructed to attend.—
gave notice of his not rendering services <​any​> longer, Gratus
Adjourned until Monday next at 6 oClock P.M., & the to notify the Colrs now absent, of same.
31 October 1842 • Monday
Monday Octr. 31st 1842.— Six oClock P. M.
<​Some of​> The Council met pursuant to adjournment, Meet but a majority not being present, the was authorized to, and brought .— Meeting opened by Prayer, The Mayor presided.— Names of Council were called.— Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
<​Order given Same date​>
The Petition of the , praying that he shall have the right to receive from the Treasury, fifteen Dollars, to apply towards his Services as Marshal, was granted.
A Bill was presented respecting Hogs, which was referred to the Committee of municipal Laws.
The Bill to regulate the duties & fees of Notary Public, was Reported upon, & afterwards referred to <​,​> , & , (a special Committee,) to prepare a Bill of duties & Fees.
The Report of the Committee upon The Bill for the revenue [p. 44] Revenue of the , was presented & received, which Report was, that the Bill be rejected, <​&​> which was adopted accordingly, & the Committee then obtained leave to Report a new Bill, and thereupon produced same, which after receiving the usual Readings, & proceedings had thereon, it passed into an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance concerning the publick Revenue of the City of ”.
Adjourned until the next regular Meeting.
9 November 1842 • Wednesday
Wednesday Novr. 9th. 1842, Two oClock P. M.
The City Council met, by special call of the Mayor at his <​​> Meeting opened by Prayer. Names of the council called. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
It was then moved, seconded, & unanimously adopted, that , , & be a special Committee to prepare a Bill relative to the <​for a​> Law <​to regulate Writs​> of Habeas Corpus, & proceedings thereunder.—
Adjourned until One oClock P. M. Tomorrow.
10 November 1842 • Thursday
Thursday Novr. 10th. 1842. One oClock P. M.
The City Council met agreeable to adjournment, at same place. Meeting opened by Prayer. Names of the Council called. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
The Committee to whom it was referred to prepare a Bill for a Law <​to​> regulate Writs of Habeas Corpus, & proceedings thereunder, brought forward their Report, which was accepted. It was then adopted that the Bill be read the first time.
The Bill was then read the first time.
Adjourned until Ten OClock Tomorrow.— [p. 45]
11 November 1842 • Friday
Friday Novr. 11th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
Some of the Members of the City Council convened, <​at the Mayors ​> but in consequence of a majority not attending, and the severity of the Weather, those present adjourned until Two oClock Tomorrow. the being absent by reason of a misunderstanding of the time of Adjournment on 10th. Inst., the names of the Members who attended were not taken down.
12 November 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Novr. 12th. 1842. Two oClock P. M.
Council met pursuant to adjournment,— Meeting opened by Prayer,— names of Council called,— minutes of last two meetings read & approved.— It was agreed that the <​keeping a Record of the​> names of the Members who attended at the last meeting, be dispensed with.
The Committee to whom was referred to bring forward a Bill regulating the Fees and compensation of the several <​the Municipal Court, and other​> Persons, brought forward their Report, which was accepted The Bill was read the first time, proceedings had thereon, Read second time,— ordered to be laid upon the Table until the next meeting.
The Bill, for a Law to regulate Writs of Habeas Corpus, & proceedings thereunder, was taken up, & upon Motion, ordered to a second reading, & <​was​> read accordingly, it was then referred to a select Committee, to wit, , , , , & to amend the Bill, & present it when amended, and the was instructed to assist the Committee.
presented a Petn. from George McKinzie & others for to have Kimball Street opened from Barlow Street East to Bagby Street, which was granted, at the expense of the Petitioners.
Adjourned until ten oClock A. M. on Monday next. [p. 46]
14 November 1842 • Monday
Monday Novr. 14th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.
City Council met agreeable to adjournment.— meeting opened by Prayer.— Names of the Council called.— minutes of the last meeting read and approved.
The <​Select​> Committee to whom was referred the Bill relative to Writs of Habeas Corpus &c, brought forward the Bill, which was Accepted, it was then Ordered to a reading as amended, & was read accordingly, discussed, & amended, & the usual proceedings had thereon, the Bill passed, entitled “An Ordinance regulating the proceedings on Writs of Habeas Corpus.”
The Bill for regulating the Fees and compensation of the Municipal Court, & other Persons, which had been laid upon the Table, was taken up, & upon motion, again referred to the Committee, to whom it was before referred, for their reconsideration, & that they include the duties & Fees of Notary Public, therein. to wit Aldermen , , & [Gustavus] Hills.—
, , & were appointed a select Committee to prepare a Code of Criminal Laws.
, , & Aldmn. Hills, were appointed a select Committee to prepare a Law regulating the pay of the night Watch.
, , & Alderman Hills, were a committee appointed to prepare a Law for the election of City Council in future.
The was instructed to examine the Account presented by the , respecting the State of the City Revenue, and Report thereon.
The Assessor & Collector is hereby required to lodge all Funds received by him for City Taxes, & now in his Hands, with the , & lay a statement of the Arrears due [p. 47] due for City Taxes, before the City Council.
The City Council do hereby approve of the <​act of the​> , in drawing upon the City Treasury for a Sum of fifty Cents for a Block for a Seal for the Municipal Court, which sum was included in an Order drawn upon the Treasury for $5,00, for a City Seal.
Adjourned until Ten oClock A. M. on Saturday next.
19 November 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Novr. 19th. 1842. Ten oClock, A. M.
Some of the Council met agreeable to adjournment, but for want of a majority they adjourned until Saturday next at Ten oClock A. M., & the was instructed to notify the absent Councillors thereof.
The stated on 26th Inst, that he had not notified the Col..—
26 November 1842 • Saturday
Saturday Novr. 26th. 1842. Ten oClock A. M.—
City Council met pursuant to adjournment.— meeting opened by Prayer.— names of Council were called.— minutes of the two last Meetings were read & approved.
The Petition of & others to have a Law enacted to prevent Nuisances, was referred to the Committee of Municipal Laws, who reported a Bill, which after discussion & amendment became an Ordinance, entitled, “An Ordinance regulating the erection & removal of Slaughter Houses within the City of ”.
The Council then proceeded <​by Ballot​> to elect Assessors & Collectors for the several Wards of the City, & the following was the Result.— for continuation, See next Book.— [p. 48]
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