Discourse, 7 March 1844–A, as Reported by Willard Richards

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I <​Joseph​> presented to the meeting the proceedings of . & the Lawyers &c.— for the people to speak out. say whether such men should be. tolerated. and supported in our midst.— and from this time I design to bring such characters before the committee of the whole.— and if these things cannot be put a stop to. I will give them in to the hands of the mob—— the hands of the officers of the <​​> fauter [falter]. and are palsied— <​by the conduct of such men.​>
There is another I will speak about he is a mormon.— a certain man. who lived here before we came here. the two first lette[r]s of his [p. [10]] name is are —— when the city had passd an ordnanc [ordinance] to tax steam boats. He goes and tells th[e] captains of the steam boats that he owned the landing. and they need need not to pax [pay] tax— and I am determnd to use up such men if they will not stop their oppositi[o]n If this is not true. Let him come forward & throw of[f] the inputation [imputation].— when they people appeal to I will appeal to this people— the highest court— I despise the La[w]yers who ha[n]g on these law suits.—
. & say they own the wharfs. but the own the wharrf—— 64 ft— fr[o]m high water mark from to the no[r]thern limits of the .— [p. [11]]
another. thing. I want to speak about the Lawyers— of this .— I have good feelings & and I will reprove them— and the prophets always did say wo unto you ye Lawyers.— the Maratim [maritime] laws of the have ced[ed] up th[e] tolls wharfage &c. to th[e] respective corporations who have jurisdi[c]tion. &c——
Shallow drafts intoxicate th[e] brain &c—
<​Look at the reason.—​>
no vessel could land any where, if subj[e]ct to individuals laws.—— Co[r]poration owns the streets of th[e] . and have a right to tax the Boats to make wharfs. th[e] same as to tax citizns to make roads— want evry man in this to stay at home & let. the Boat Captai[n]s. [p. [12]] peace officers and e[ve]ry body alone.—
Ho[w] are we to keep peace in this . & defend our. selves agist [against] mobs.— disgrace ev[er]y man. by preaching him on the house top, who will, who not be still. and mind their own business.— Let them alone. to use themselves up.—
a couple of merchants in this . I was told by an old gentlman this morni[n]g <​who told me​> that the spirit of Mobocracy was almost subsiding.— These mercha[n]ts have as the people arboad [abroad] say.— told the people. that they need not bring butter eggs &c—— <​to ​> will n[o]t tell their names. if they will not let the people bring in their produce.— the people will not buy their goods. [p. [13]]
another man. will not call his nam[e]. has been writing to th[e] Tribu[n]e some of the greatest most disgraceful— things possible to name.— he ha[s] statd in th[a]t article that there are a gr[e]at ma[n]y approp[r]iations— to the . appli[e]d some where else to.— to stigmatize th[e] Trustee & And tu[r]n prejudice agint [against] us abroad.— if any man who has appointed any thing.— old harness horses. waggon— &c <​let him come f[or]ward​> the fi[r]st farthing and we can[n]ot show where it has been appropiatd [appropriated]. I will give him my head for a foot ball.—
he also states that the cannot be build it costs so [p. [14]] much.— who dont know. that we can put the roof on this buildi[n]g this season? by tur[n]ing all the means of the & doubli[n]g our diligen[ce] we can do it.
The best way for such m[e]n is to be still. If I did not love men I woud not reprove them. but work in the dark as they do—— read the Tribun[e] & you see for yourself—
he is not a Lawyer— he is nearer related to a Doctor. a small man.— “Mr McNiel— enquired if he was the man.—” No did not know you— you are a st[r]anger.—— [p. [15]]