Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846; Volume 2, 1 March–6 May 1845

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It is his mind that this would be wisdom. He dont know if an emergency should arise what course to take and if it is wisdom he would like to have the matter talked over.
Coun. related an anecdote of an English soldier who was taken prisoner by Bonaparte in the French war. When Bonaparte asked him if he could “sound a retreat”. The soldier replied “there is no such in the English service.”
Coun. said he did not know how we are situated in regard to our resorts in case of difficulty. There are some tribes near here who have not united with the other tribes. As to our movements, he is not afraid of doing any thing, providing we are driven to it, but he dont feel as though we shall have much trouble. He beleives if we were put [p. [168]]
It is his mind that this would be wisdom. He dont know if an emergency should arise what course to take and if it is wisdom he would like to have the matter talked over.
Coun. related an anecdote of an English soldier who was taken prisoner by Bonaparte in the French war. When Bonaparte asked him if he could “sound a retreat”. The soldier replied “there is no such in the English service.”
Coun. said he did not know how we are situated in regard to our resorts in case of difficulty. There are some tribes near here who have not united with the other tribes. As to our movements, he is not afraid of doing any thing, providing we are driven to it, but he dont feel as though we shall have much trouble. He beleives if we were put [p. [168]]
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