History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

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1 January 1844 • Monday
1844
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Monday January 1 at sunrise Thomas Miller, James Leach, James Bridges, & John Trodsham were brought before me by the police for <​charged with​> disorderly conduct— fined Miller 5,00 the others were discharged.
<​Made copies of five affidavits &​> Wrote a letter to <​enclosing them​> (see file.) <​insert when found <​or​> leave blank <​of 1/2 page​> accordingly​>
A large party took a New Year’s supper at my house and continued <​had​> Music and dancing ’till morning. I was in my private room with my family and <​​> and others friends
<​insert this first— *​> A cold blustering rain storm ushers in the New Year.
2 January 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesday 2nd 2 p.M. was brought before Mayor’s Court for disorderly Conduct in resisting, and abusing the police in this ; fined $25.00 and Costs. His son, Lysander Dayton for same offence was sentenced to 10 days hard labor, and subsequently for Contempt of Court, 10 days more on the public streets.
Snow one inch deep.
I <​here​> insert s answer to my letter of inquiry dated Nover. 4th. 1843
<​1855​>
“Fort Hill, 2nd. Decr. 1843.
Sir,— You ask me (see 394 T. & S) &c &c— <​​>
to which I wrote the following reply:
, Jany 2nd., 1844.
Sir:—
Your reply (see 394 T. & S.) <​Smith​>
I insert the following from the Neighbor as a specimen of the respect the mob has for law or justice.—
“Disgraceful affair at .— On Tuesday last (2nd inst) , one of our (see Neighbor page 146) magnified.”
Jonathan Pugmire Senr., & Thomas Cartwright discharged by Judge [blank] at Chester England— who would not allow the costs of prosecution, or witnesses to be paid by the Crown, <​or face of​>& that the witnesses should forfeit [3 words illegible] It was very evident that the Church of England Ministery were at the bottom of the machinations <​below *​>
3 January 1844 • Wednesday
<​Dec. <​Jany​> 3​> At home— at noon met with the City Council. I directed the Marshall to bring my Son and before the Council (see mss in writing) <​the following is a copy of the Minutes.​>
4 January 1844 • Thursday • First of two entries
<​4​> at home (see page 2)
5 January 1844 • Friday • First of two entries
<​5​> At home <​last night I dreamed oft I saw two serpents swallowing each other tail foremost.​>
Another tempest in a tea pot <​or big fuss​>, about nothing at all; thought somebody had murdered. In consequence of the night being frosty <​severely cold​>, some of the police <​persons​> built a fire to warm themselves <​on the bank of the river near <​nearly opposite​> house​> as they passed to & fro on their beat— he then became afraid, & concluded he must either be the Brutus or the Dough head— he laid awake all night thinking they <​the police​> had built the fire to kill him by— in the morning he called on me <​reported the circumstances & expressed his fears​> when another Court <​Session​> of enquiry was held <​by the City Council at his request & the police sworn & questioned.​> <​The following is a synopsis of the Minutes:— (copy)​> What can be the matter with these men! is it, that the wicked flee when no man pursueth? that hit pigeons always flutter? that drowning men catch at straws? or that <​Prests​> & are absolutely traitors to the , that my remarks should produce such an excitement among them <​in their minds?​> can it be possible that the traitor, that <​whom​> reports to me has <​as having being in​> correspondence with my enemies, is one of my own Counsellors <​​>? the people in the town were astonished, almost every man saying to his Neighbor “is it possible <​that bro​> or is a traitor & would deliver bro Joseph into the hands of his enemies in ? <​if not what can be the meaning of all this. the neighbors are as bold as a Lion​> <​The following is the minutes of the City Council—​>
<​* and were sorely discomfited at the result; I copy the staement of the unfortunate occurrence given by Jonathan Pugmire Junr. (copy)​> [p. 1]
1 January 1844 • Monday
1844
*
Monday January 1 at sunrise Thomas Miller, James Leach, James Bridges, & John Trodsham were brought before me by the police charged with disorderly conduct— fined Miller 5,00 the others were discharged.
Made copies of five affidavits & Wrote a letter to enclosing them (see file.) insert when found or leave blank of 1/2 page
A large party took a New Year’s supper at my house and had Music and dancing ’till morning. I was in my private room with my family and other friends
insert this first— * A cold blustering rain storm ushers in the New Year.
2 January 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesday 2nd 2 p.M. was brought before Mayor’s Court for disorderly Conduct in resisting, and abusing the police ; fined $25.00 and Costs. His son, Lysander Dayton for same offence was sentenced to 10 days hard labor, and subsequently for Contempt of Court, 10 days more on the public streets.
Snow one inch deep.
I here insert s answer to my letter of inquiry dated Nover. 4th. 1843
1855
“Fort Hill, 2nd. Decr. 1843.
Sir,— You ask me (see 394 T. & S) &c &c—
to which I wrote the following reply:
, Jany 2nd., 1844.
Sir:—
Your reply (see 394 T. & S.) Smith
Jonathan Pugmire Senr., & Thomas Cartwright discharged by Judge [blank] at Chester England— who would not allow the costs of prosecution, or witnesses to be paid by the Crown, It was very evident that the Church of England Ministery were at the bottom of the machinations below *
3 January 1844 • Wednesday
Jany 3 At home— at noon met with the City Council. (see mss in writing) the following is a copy of the Minutes.
4 January 1844 • Thursday • First of two entries
4 at home (see page 2)
5 January 1844 • Friday • First of two entries
5 At home last night I dreamed I saw two serpents swallowing each other tail foremost.
Another tempest in a tea pot or big fuss, about nothing at all; In consequence of the night being severely cold, some persons built a fire on the bank of the river nearly opposite house — he then became afraid, & concluded he must either be the Brutus or the Dough head— he laid awake all night thinking the police had built the fire to kill him by— in the morning he called on me reported the circumstances & expressed his fears when another Session of enquiry was held by the City Council at his request & the police sworn & questioned. The following is a synopsis of the Minutes:— (copy) What can be the matter with these men! is it, that the wicked flee when no man pursueth? that hit pigeons always flutter? that drowning men catch at straws? or that Prests & are absolutely traitors to the , that my remarks should produce such an excitement in their minds? can it be possible that the traitor whom reports to me as being in correspondence with my enemies, is one of my ? the people in the town were astonished, almost every man saying to his Neighbor “is it possible that bro or is a traitor & would deliver bro Joseph into the hands of his enemies in ? if not what can be the meaning of all this. the neighbors are as bold as a Lion
* and were sorely discomfited at the result; I copy the staement of the unfortunate occurrence given by Jonathan Pugmire Junr. (copy) [p. 1]
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