History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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3 January 1844 • Wednesday
<​January 3.​> Wednesday 3. At home.
At noon met with the city Council. The following is a copy of the Minutes:—
“Special <​City​> Council Jan 3rd. 1844. 12 o’Clock
Names of Members called, all present. <​The Mayor​> directed the to notify and that the Council was in Session, <​and​> informed the Council that had said to <​his​> Brother that the police had been sworn by <​him​> secretly, to put — out of the way,— ‘I have had no private conversation with any of the police but the High Policeman , and that was to request him to have especial care of my personal safety,— as I apprehended attempts to kidnap me by the Missourians.’ <​He​> called on the policemen to say, if they had received any private oath from <​him​> when they all said No!
Councillor said that told him the police [HC 6:162] had sworn him, () to keep the secret, which was that he was to be put out of the way in 3 months.
The Mayor said he wished policemen to understand forever, that all he wanted was, <​that​> they should execute the ordinances of the , and his orders, according to law. Several of the police called for the individual to be named who had made the statement to .
The said he thought proper that should come and make his statement to the Council on oath.
The then said to the Police: ‘If you see a man stealing, and you have told him <​3 times​> to stand [blank], and warned him that he is a dead man if he does not stand, and he runs, shoot off his legs; the design of the office of the police is to stop thieving, but an enemy should not be harmed until he draws weapons upon you.
came in and was sworn to tell the whole truth, touching the case before the council.
said he had been informed that some of the policemen had had another oath administered, besides the one administered to them publicly; that one of them said there was a Judas in Gen. Smith’s cabinet,— one who stood next to him, and he must be taken care of, and that he must <​not be allowed to go into the world, but must be——​> taken care of; and he was not only a do<​ugh​> head and a traitor, like Judas, but an assassin like Brutus, that the idea had been advanced that the scriptures support such a doctrine.
. Who is the person, and who told you?
. I am under obligations not to tell.
. That is immaterial, you are bound to disclose the whole truth here by virtue of your oath.
. I am afraid to tell, one oath is as good as another.
The Mayor said he would protect him— he was bound to tell.
. Eli Norton told me.
. Was Eli Norton one of the Police?
. No— but he got his information from Daniel Carn who is a Policeman. [p. 1851]
3 January 1844 • Wednesday
January 3. Wednesday 3. At home.
At noon met with the city Council. The following is a copy of the Minutes:—
“Special City Council Jan 3rd. 1844. 12 o’Clock
Names of Members called, all present. The Mayor directed the to notify and that the Council was in Session, and informed the Council that had said to his Brother that the police had been sworn by him secretly, to put — out of the way,— ‘I have had no private conversation with any of the police but the High Policeman , and that was to request him to have especial care of my personal safety,— as I apprehended attempts to kidnap me by the Missourians.’ He called on the policemen to say, if they had received any private oath from him when they all said No!
Councillor said that told him the police [HC 6:162] had sworn him, () to keep the secret, which was that he was to be put out of the way in 3 months.
The Mayor said he wished policemen to understand forever, that all he wanted was, that they should execute the ordinances of the , and his orders, according to law. Several of the police called for the individual to be named who had made the statement to .
The said he thought proper that should come and make his statement to the Council on oath.
The then said to the Police: ‘If you see a man stealing, and you have told him 3 times to stand [blank], and warned him that he is a dead man if he does not stand, and he runs, shoot off his legs; the design of the office of the police is to stop thieving, but an enemy should not be harmed until he draws weapons upon you.
came in and was sworn to tell the whole truth, touching the case before the council.
said he had been informed that some of the policemen had had another oath administered, besides the one administered to them publicly; that one of them said there was a Judas in Gen. Smith’s cabinet,— one who stood next to him, and he must be taken care of, and that he must not be allowed to go into the world, but must be—— taken care of; and he was not only a dough head and a traitor, like Judas, but an assassin like Brutus, that the idea had been advanced that the scriptures support such a doctrine.
. Who is the person, and who told you?
. I am under obligations not to tell.
. That is immaterial, you are bound to disclose the whole truth here by virtue of your oath.
. I am afraid to tell, one oath is as good as another.
The Mayor said he would protect him— he was bound to tell.
. Eli Norton told me.
. Was Eli Norton one of the Police?
. No— but he got his information from Daniel Carn who is a Policeman. [p. 1851]
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