History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
Special Session, City Council, , Decr. 29th. 1843 4 P.M.
Names of Members called. Prayer by .
Minutes of last Council read and approved.
and forty policement were sworn into office, to support the Constitution of the and the State of , and obey the ordinances of this , and <the instructions of> the Mayor, according to the best of their ability, by , clerk of the Mayor’s Court. Names of Police called by Capt. . <as follows>
The Mayor said that it was expected that a part would be on duty while others rest— that it might be expected that thieves had crept into the <for the purpose of concealing their wickedness under the garb of sanctity.>— that It would be <is> an abominable thing to set a thief to catch a thief, and <I> would look upon men in these situation <who do this as> guilty of a mean or cowardly act with the utmost contempt.— <some city councils have taken thieves out of their prisons & employed them as policemen, under the old <& foolish> adage “set a rogue to catch a rogue” which is decidedly wrong & <it is> wicked <corrupt> policy.> Capt <is> to be called High Policeman <you will act under the direction of , we will call him High Policeman, but he is in reality <he is the> Captain, <of the Police,> but as men are apt to be frightened at a Military Title, we will use a Civil Title; as these <Police>men are all civil officers of the . is the man to send after a thief, he will not come back after following him a mile to ask if he may shoot him, if he resists—> <Some> Men have strange ears <& changeable hearts,> <they become> transformed, <from their original purity & integrity, & become altogether different to what they were>— altogether different from what they were—
Thomas Bullock handwriting ends; Jonathan Grimshaw begins. The text on this four-page insertion follows the text in the 29 December 1843 entry on page 89 where a notation says “see 4 sheets in Grimshaws writing”.
Unless otherwise specified, all insertions on this page are in the handwriting of Thomas Bullock.