Docket Entry, 30 November 1842 [City of Nauvoo v. Davis for Slander of JS–B]

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City of )
November 29th. 1842. Complaint made upon Oath, by Joseph Smith, before Alderman, against the , as follows, to wit “that he has been informed and verily believes, that on or about the 25th. Inst. one of the and aforesaid did use and make ridiculous and abusive language concerning Deponents Character, thereby depreciating Deponents moral and religious Character, and that he did make use of the said language contrary to an Ordinance of said , entitled “an Ordinance in relation to religious Societies”.
Same day. Warrant issued to the City to bring before the Municipal Court, at Ten oClock A.M., or forthwith thereafter on the 30th. Inst., & also to summon the other Aldermen, & Recorder.
Same day,— 2 Subpoenas issued, for Charles Seidel, Andrew <​M​> Gravel, , , , Geo. Stevens, and Jas. I. Gilbert.
Novr. 30th. 1842. Ten oClock A.M.— The Municipal Court met.
Present.— Aldermen , , , , , and .
<​was​> elected Presdt pro tem.
Warrant returned, endorsed, “the within served by reading to, and delivery of the Body of the , Novr. 30th. 1842. fees 31¢. Marshal.”
Subpoenas returned, endorsed, “the within served on Messrs , , Andrew M. Gravel, & Chas Seidel, fees 75¢. also served on Gilbert, fees 18¾¢. , Marshal.”
opened the Case on <​the​> part of the , and read the affidavit of Joseph Smith.— pleaded not Guilty.
, , Andrew M. Gravel, and Chas. Seidel were Sworn as Witnesses, examined, cross examined, & questioned by the Court, as also by the .
appeared as Attorney for the , (during the examination of the Witnesses,) & cross examined some of the Witnesses.
The stated that he would not produce any Witnesses.
then spoke to evidence, & so forth.
alledged that evidence had not been produced to support a breach of the Ordinance, & called upon the Court for a , with Costs.— replied.— Joseph Smith the Prosecutor for the , spoke at considerable length, by permission of the Court.
Mr. [p. 10]
spoke in explanation.
spoke in conclusion.
Whereupon.— The Judgment of the Court is, that the Plaintiff be , with Costs of Suit.— [p. 11]