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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 8.​> Bro brought the information that bro. Farnham had just returned from , and said the people in that place were saying “things have come to a strange pass, if Jo Smith is elected President he will raise the Devil with and if he is not elected, he will raise the Devil anyhow.”
It was agreed that Col. , living at <​Parris​>, Henry Co. Tennessee; should be written to, on the subject of the Vice Presidency, and that Elder should write the letter, and invite him to visit us, and see if he would suffer his name to run for that office.
9 March 1844 • Saturday
<​9.​> Saturday 9. Met in city Council and gave my reasons in favor of the repeal of the hog law that I was afraid there were but few men who would even <​ever​> make a fence round their gardens unless the hogs are suffered to run at large— and if the people think there is a hog law, they will not fence; and consequently will be eat up by Hogs and other animals from the Country— The Hog law has made more contention than all the Hogs would, if they had been let alone— let the hogs run in the Streets and the people make good fences to secure their gardens. Many physicians have given it as their opinion that a hog mud hole in the Streets is the most healthy of any damp place. If we do not let the hogs run at large in the the Hogs and cattle from the country will come into the Corporation and eat the grass &c. in the , and we suffer all the evils, and loose all the benefits. Empound the Country hogs and the owners will damn the empounded and the , and fight against us. I say to the city Council let the Hogs and Dogs alone. A man that is afraid of a Dog and grumbles a great deal about a dog’s barking at him is a Coward, it is one reason why God withdrew his Spirit from the Earth because the people were so ready to take the life of Animals.
It was the principles of democracy that the peoples voice, should be heard, when their voice was just <​but when it was not just​> it was no longer democratic; but if the minoritys views are more just than Aristarchy should be the governing principle i.e. the wisest and best laws should be made. When and will call caucuses and explain the subject to them, then we will hear them and they can petition understandingly, and believed if he could explain the subject that 99 out of every hundred would vote to have no hog law in this from its birth to its death.
Cannot believe in the doctrine of exalting the Majority when it must be brought about by depressing the Minority in a greater degree.
Council adjourned for one hour.
In the afternoon city Council rejected the Petition to repeal the Hog law.
I proposed to license and Mr. Morrison, who own the land opposite to the wharf, to make wharves and collect wharfage, then the can dispense with a wharf master— that and Morrison [p. 1917]
March 8. Bro brought the information that bro. Farnham had just returned from , and said the people in that place were saying “things have come to a strange pass, if Jo Smith is elected President he will raise the Devil with and if he is not elected, he will raise the Devil anyhow.”
It was agreed that Col. , living at Parris, Henry Co. Tennessee; should be written to, on the subject of the Vice Presidency, and that Elder should write the letter, and invite him to visit us, and see if he would suffer his name to run for that office.
9 March 1844 • Saturday
9. Saturday 9. Met in city Council and gave my reasons in favor of the repeal of the hog law that I was afraid there were but few men who would ever make a fence round their gardens unless the hogs are suffered to run at large— and if the people think there is a hog law, they will not fence; and consequently will be eat up by Hogs and other animals from the Country— The Hog law has made more contention than all the Hogs would, if they had been let alone— let the hogs run in the Streets and the people make good fences to secure their gardens. Many physicians have given it as their opinion that a hog mud hole in the Streets is the most healthy of any damp place. If we do not let the hogs run at large in the the Hogs and cattle from the country will come into the Corporation and eat the grass &c. in the , and we suffer all the evils, and loose all the benefits. Empound the Country hogs and the owners will damn the empounded and the , and fight against us. I say to the city Council let the Hogs and Dogs alone. A man that is afraid of a Dog and grumbles a great deal about a dog’s barking at him is a Coward, it is one reason why God withdrew his Spirit from the Earth because the people were so ready to take the life of Animals.
It was the principles of democracy that the peoples voice, should be heard, when their voice was just but when it was not just it was no longer democratic; but if the minoritys views are more just than Aristarchy should be the governing principle i.e. the wisest and best laws should be made. When and will call caucuses and explain the subject to them, then we will hear them and they can petition understandingly, and believed if he could explain the subject that 99 out of every hundred would vote to have no hog law in this from its birth to its death.
Cannot believe in the doctrine of exalting the Majority when it must be brought about by depressing the Minority in a greater degree.
Council adjourned for one hour.
In the afternoon city Council rejected the Petition to repeal the Hog law.
I proposed to license and Mr. Morrison, who own the land opposite to the wharf, to make wharves and collect wharfage, then the can dispense with a wharf master— that and Morrison [p. 1917]
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