History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Sunday June 9th. At home; my health not very good in consequence of my lungs being weary <impaired by so much public speaking>. My brother preached at the .
At 2 P. M., several passengers <of the Steamer Osprey> from and arrived by the Steamer Osprey <and put up at the >. I helped to carry in their trunks and chatted with them in the bar room. ¶ There was a meeting at the at 6 P. M.
Monday 10th. I was in the City Council from 10 A M to 1.20 P M & from 2.20 to 6.30 P M., investigating the merits of the “Nauvoo Expositor,” <& also the conduct of the Laws, Higbees, Fosters & others θ> <θ who have formed a conspiracy for the purpose of destroying my life & scattering the Saints, & driving them from the .> An ordinance was passed concerning libels andforother purposes. The Council <passed an ordinance declaring the Nauvoo Expositor, a nuisance and> also issued an order to me to destroy <> the <said> Nauvoo Expositor establishment as a nuisance; I immediately ordered the to destroy it without delay, and at the same time issued an order to , acting Major General of the to assist the with the Legion if called upon so to do.
About 8 P. M., the returned and reported that he had removed the press, type, printed paper, and fixtures into the street, and fired <destroyed> them. This was done because of the libelous <and slanderous> character of the paper in slandering <its avowed intention being to destroy> the Municipality of <and drive the Saints from> the . The posse consisting of <accompanied by> some hundreds <of the citizens> returned with the to the front of the , when I gave them a short address and told them they had done right <and that not a hair of their heads should be hurt for it>; that they had executed my <the> orders which were <given> required of me by the City Council; that I would never submit to have another libelous publication established in the ; that I did not care how many papers were printed in the if they would print the truth, but would submit to no libels or slander from them <I then blessed them in the name of the Lord>. This speech was <loudly> greeted by <the Assembly with> three times three cheers. The posse and assembly <then> dispersed <all> in good order. [p. 57]