William Nesbitt, Petition, , Hancock Co., IL, to Nauvoo City Council, 6 Dec. 1842; handwriting of ; two pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841–1845, CHL.
To the honble the City Col of the City of .
The Petition of Wm. Nesbitt humby Sheweth/
That Petr erected a Slaughter House in the South West pt of this , near to a lot occupied by , considering it <one of the> the most best adapted places in the for that purpose, as it stands on an emmence [immense] sloping towards, & quite contiguous to the , by which means it could be kept quite clean, <& at all times> without any <offinsive> stench <or effluvia> to injure any of the Inhabitants of the , & <Sheweth> that & other inhabitants <lately> petitioned this Your honble body, & obtained the passage of a law for the <erection> regulation & removal of Slaughter Houses within this , by means whereof, Petr will be <put to consid[era]ble inconvenince &> receive <much> damage & injury in his property <if sd law is not altered <repealed> or amended.>— Petr Sheweth that <in case he is permitted to Slaughter in sd House> he is willing to undertake to keep the same <continually> washed out & clean [illegible] after the Slaughter of each <from time to time after being used for h◊◊d Slaughter. so that> Beast of the same can bear <the inspection> the closest of a Board of Health, or other proper officer of this , in as much as he intends to have a proper way to Convey away all filth into the , from <by> which it will pass off instantaneously, by reason of the swift Current which is constantly at that place. & Petr as in duty bound will Pray.—