Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, November 1842–January 1844

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Mayor objected to assuming the whole entire disposal of the police, beyond the definition of the ordinances—
, spoke, thought the difficulties with W. Smith & D. Cairns was of a private nature, and did not belong to the Council.—
said he could sleep with a fire by his house
On motion of . <​asked​> that the 2 police be retained and <​the police​> recived the thanks of the Council.—
— said W. Smith did not say he would pop a hole through him.— did not say any body would pop a hole through him. never heard such a thing.—
Council adjourned 25 m past 4 P M.
10 January 1844 • Wednesday
January 10th 1844, 7 o clock P. M.
Special Session.— Names of members called,— Mayor stated that Lawyer [George] Bachman, and had called on him from , and told <​him​> that the occasion of the excitement at , and the resistance to the Law in case of the arrest— of Cook was the late ordinance of this council “to prevent ille unlawful search or seizure of person or property by foreign process in the City of ”; that they consi[d]ered said ordinance was desined to hinder the execution of the statutes in the , by county officers consequently, they. the old citizens felt disposed to stop the execution of processers, issuing from the , in the ,— and also, they raised objections against the process issued by Justice Foster, because it was made returnable to him alone. when the statute required it to be made returnable before himself or some other Justice.—
The mayor explained to the delegation from the nature and reason of the ordinance, that it was to prevent kidnapping under the pretence of law, or process, & to further the apprehension of theives &c in this by throwing the all foreign processers into the hands of the marshall who would be most likely to know the hiding places of fugitives from justice who might seek to secrete themselves in their <​our​> midst.— and if any wrong impression had gone abroad with regard to the motives of the council in passing [p. 40]
Mayor objected to assuming the entire disposal of the police, beyond the definition of the ordinances—
, , thought the difficulties with W. Smith & D. Cairns was of a private nature, and did not belong to the Council.—
said he could sleep with a fire by his house
On motion of . asked that the 2 police be retained and the police recived the thanks of the Council.—
— said W. Smith did not say he would pop a hole through him.— did not say any body would pop a hole through him. never heard such a thing.—
Council adjourned 25 m past 4 P M.
10 January 1844 • Wednesday
January 10th 1844, 7 o clock P. M.
Special Session.— Names of members called,— Mayor stated that Lawyer [George] Bachman, and had called on him from , and told him that the occasion of the excitement at , and the resistance to the Law in case of the arrest— of Cook was the late ordinance of this council “to prevent unlawful search or seizure of person or property by foreign process in the City of ”; that they considered said ordinance was desined to hinder the execution of the statutes in the , consequently, they. the old citizens felt disposed to stop the execution of processers, issuing from the , in the ,— and also, they raised objections against the process issued by Justice Foster, because it was made returnable to him alone. when the statute required it to be made returnable before himself or some other Justice.—
The mayor explained to the delegation from the nature and reason of the ordinance, that it was to prevent kidnapping under the pretence of law, or process, & to further the apprehension of theives &c in this by throwing all foreign processers into the hands of the marshall who would be most likely to know the hiding places of fugitives from justice who might seek to secrete themselves in our midst.— and if any wrong impression had gone abroad with regard to the motives of the council in passing [p. 40]
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