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.
done on former occasions, to shew the Council and others, that the Legislature can not repeal a charter, where there is no repealing clause; upon which I read a letter from <dated Feby. 1 43> which confirms my decision.
In debate on the bill, thought said imprisonment was better than hanging.
but I replied, I was opposed to hanging, even if a man kill another, <I would> shoot him or cut his throat <off his head>, spilling his blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God; and if ever I have the privilege of making a law on that point subject, I will have it so.
In reply to some of the Councillors who thought it impolitic to stop circulating Bank Notes as currency, at once; I replied I would use a figure, & talk like some <foolish> fathers do to their children, if you want to kill a serpent dont cut off his head, for fear he will bite you, but cut off his tail piece by piece, & perhaps you wont get bit; it is the same with this bill: I say if paper currency is an evil, put it down at once. when Councillors get up here, I want to hear them speak sense; Great God where is common sense & reason? is there none on the Earth? Why have the kanker <canker> remaining any longer to sap our life? if you get hold of a <$>5 bill, you can get nothing with it, there is no one dare touch it fearing it to be a counterfeit <or the note of a broken bank>; I wish you had my soul <long enough> to know how good it feels, I say it is expedient when you strike at an enemy, to strike the most deadly blow possible.
asked me what an Editor should do, I told him advertize in your next paper to your agents to send you gold & silver, as paper is <will be> no longer taken as pay.
Dr. was chosen Alderman, & , & firewardens in the <I instructed <by my suggestion> the Committee on Public works <were instructed> to prepare a bill for the erection of a City Prison.>
On returning to my after dinner, I spoke the following proverb, For a man to be a great, man, he must not dwell upon small things, though he may enjoy them; showing that a Prophet cannot <well> be <his own> a scribe &c <but must have some one to write for him> I told that there was one thing he failed in, as an historian, & that was, noting surrounding objects, weather &c.
The battle of Gog & Magog is <will be> after the Millenium & during the Millenium a the Prophets <see Zechariah> <The remnant of all nations that fight against Jerusalem were commanded to go up to Jerusalem to worship in the Millenium.>
I continued dictating <dictated> my decision in the case of v. until 4½ pm
This day in the State Senate moved to take from the table the bill to repeal the charter of the City of , but the Senate refused to suspend the rules <repeal it>, nays 17 ayes 16. [3 lines blank]
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was taken prisoner in by the Missourians charged <on an advertizement accusing> <him> with shooting at on the 6th. day of <May> 1842