Minutes, 10 June 1844

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Adjound [Adjourned] Session. Monday June 10th 1844. 10 A M.
Names of Members called. Quorum Present. prayer by Minutes of last council read and approved
Mayor called to the chair [p. 19]
Mayor made some observations in refrnce [reference] to . & read the Letter written by on the 7th instant which was read to the council on the 8th. which is as follows
took his oath of office and took hi
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Sworn into office— as Alderman, and took his seat
Cyrus Hills Sworn.—— one day last week I beleive it Wednedy [Wednesday] a gentleman, whom I did not know come into the sittng room of the and requsted the Hon[orable] Mayor to step aside he wanted to speak with him— The[y] stepped through the door into the entry by the foot of the stairs. and the Gen[eral] asked him what he wished,
<​as I [illegible] <​Witness​>, Learned th gentlmns name​> said he wanted some convesatin [conversation] on some business which witness did not undestad [understand] at that time. The Gen refused to go any further— & said he would have no convesatin in pirvate [private], what should be said he would have in public,— They had some convesation whi[c]h witness could not repeat—— witness then hea[r]d the General tell witness <​​> if he would choose 3 or 4 <​men​> he would meet him with the same number, of men, (among whom was his brothr ). and they would have a cool and calm invistegatin of the subject,— and by his making a proper satisfacti[o]n things should be honorably adjusted, Witnessed Judged from the Manner which expressed himself that he ag[r]eed to the mayo[r]s proposals— and would meet <​him​> the same day.— Witness head no p<​r​>oposals made by Mayor to for a settlement, heard nothig about any offers of dollars or money on any other offers except those mentind [mentioned]. before,— nothing said about .— witness was within hearing of the parties all the time convesaotin was going on.——
Sworn—— <​said​> some day last week. saw ride up to the & go in, went in & found the Gen the Mayor & talking <​as <​he​> I [illegible] went in​>— Gen Smith was naming the men he would have p[r]esent among whom. , , , & ,— and that might call an equal number of his frinds— as witness [p. 21] <​​> understood <​it was f​> for the purpose of having an interview an on some matters in contention, asked the Gen if he had any objections to his s coming down— the Gen replied he had not, but wanted he should be presnt,— started and said he would be back shortly, before left the men whom the General had namd to be presnt at the convesatin were had sent for,— came went in as the Mayor & were comig out of the Bar room into the Hall. nothing said abo <​by​> the Mayor to about his coming back. Mayor made no offers to about a settleme[n]t.
Mayor said the fi[r]st thing that occurred when he stepped into the Hall with , he saw something shin[in]g below his vest,— Mayor put his finger on it, and said what is that, replied it is my pistol and immediately took out the pistol and showed it fairly & openly,— & wanted Mayor to go with him alone, Mayor said he would not go alone.— never saw the pistol before, had a hook on the side to hang on his suspnders. waistband
Andrew L. Lamoreaux. Sworn— read his statemts. Marked A. No 1. on File.—
who was swornat the last council— <​on satuday——​> said,— Stated that he he came to ,— before the Laws and brought much <​considerable​> property. it was just before after the church was driven from & arrived in this place. The families, having been robbed of all in were in a sta[r]ving condition. [p. 22] by council of the presidincy converted his funds to feeding the poor. bringing in meat & flour &c— and while thus engaged, drew upon the Laws— who were then engaged in mechandize [merchandise]— to the amou[n]t of some six hundred dollars, which, on account of his expnditurs for the poor he was not able to pay within some 70 or 80 dollars as soon as Laws wanted it. though he offerd thm <​good​> propety propety at considrable less than ma[r]ket value.— as was obliged to leave the and a littele season. In <​on​> chu[r]ch business. oppressed— <​worried thretene [threatened], & intimidatd​> his family, in his absane [absence] for said pay——
<​When​> made a public dinner on the 4th of July. <​ was obliged to be asbnet [absent] &​> depos[i]ted funds <​meat flour &c​> with to feed to the poor at that dinner. and handed it out as his own popety.
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Sirting [Sitting] befor City Council— June 10— 1844—
come to purchase lands— Josph recmnded [recommended] High coun[c]il, look to poor. purchasd hogs,— Laws purched [purchased], goods bought flour and meal, fore fut[ure], winter, in June went to ,— take the f[l]our have on hand, to pay 600 dollar owed.— what owed him would do it at reducd price— so as to make 2 pr cent.— while was gone— by council, to get some pine lumber, then told family— would attack his <​my​> prope[r]ty,— when was about to go agin, said he would capias ,— go ahead— Told Bro Joseph— was as good man as — did not Capias—— when made a dinne[r] 4th july made arrangemet with to furni[s]h meat &c— roled out on his own name nails to corner cabin. when will you pay. &c &c— forced to pledge.—— pre[a]ched punctualty, charged 2 per cent, pres[s]ed the poor— gone East reivd [received] up by sis Law,— he did not not know it,— allowd $50. for meal allowd $40.00.— Last Summre went south.—— had 24½ bu wheat,— at Laws mill— grou[n]d up wheat, & used it.— put me off— &c— with volice [valise?] in hand what is to be done about flour.— Laws upon the honre [honor] of a gentlmn & saint I will get it this weak will Lodge it in your home. when came back family had been without [illegible] [bread?]. 7½ only— must have starved if they had not—— some frlou [flour] right off—
Could not say one word was boili[n]g over,—— some said we have done the best we could.— built mills— bot farms— and oppresd the poor. Some other God [illegible] the one I served,— hitched on to bro Greene—— accknowld [acknowledged] his fault—
gulled $500.— blocked the wheels & locked the guns at night—
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C. [Councillor] said he recolteted [recollected] the time referrd to,
Mayor said gave him his Notes & he destryed them was the first man to step forward and help serve the poor from .—
Bill $40. read & record <​refrred​> to committee on claims <​Speci[a]l​> Committee reported an <​A​> Bill— on Ordinance on Libels & for othr puposes.— with preamble—
Mayor said— if he had a city council who felt as he did, the establishmnt, (refering to the Nauvoo Expostor) would be a Nuisan[c]e before night.— and read an Editorial from the 2d No of the Nauvoo Expositor who ever said a word vs until he has attacked this counil.— or agint, . or the Laws until they have come out against the ?—
& Here is a paper (Neauvoo Expositor.) that is exciting.— our enemies abroad,—
. has been proved— a murderer before this Council. and delard [declared] the paper a nuisance.
a greater nuisanc <​greater​> than a dead carcase— they make a criminality of for a man to have a wife on the earth while he has one in heaven— according to the keys of the holy pristhood, and read a <​the​> statement of in the Expositor. where the truth of God is <​was​> transformd into a lie.— Read Statemets of — & said he had never had any privite convesation with on these subjcts, that he preahed on the stand from the bible showing the order in ancient days having nothing to do with the present time.
What the opposition party wanted was to raise a mob on us and take the spoil of us as they did in
Said that he had as much as he could do to keep his clerk from publishing the proceedings of the Laws. and causing the people to——
said he would rather die to morrow and have the thing smashed,— than live & have it go on. [p. 24]
referrd to <​a​> Mr Smith who came from ,— and was taken sick,— and died, The children had no one to p[r]otect them, <​there was​> one girl 16 or 17 years old.— & a yonger sister.— took in these girls out of pity. was familiar with the oldest daughter, cautiond the girl.— was soon th[e]re again and out in the evinng [evening]. Charged the girl & she confimd [confirmed] to witness wife had seduced her. told her he could not keep her— girls wept and made much ado— made meny p[r]omises— told her if she would do right she might stay, but she did not, keep— came & she wint agin.—
Mayor— said certain women came to complain to his that they had caught with the girl on the floor— at Br. — in the night
C. .—— spoke to show the falsehoods of in relation to the revelatin referred to.— that it referred to fo[r]mer days— not the presnt time as stated by .
Mayor said he had never preched the revelatin in private as he had in public— had not taught in <​it​> to the highet anointed in the church <​in p[r]ivate​> which may confirmd.—
On enquiry the passage in the resurrectin they neithe[r] mary &c, I recived for answer, Men in this life must be married in vi[e]w of Etirnity, was the amount of the revelation, otherwise they must remain as angels only— in heaven, and spoke at considerable length. in explanation of the principls was willing for one to subscribe his name to declare that paper & the whole establishemnt as a nuisance
1 O clock & 19, min adjnd for one hour,— [p. 25]
half past 2 o clock P. M. council called Quorum persnt [present].
The <​​> bore testimony of the good character & high standing of Mr Smith’s family.— whose daughter was seduced by, , as stated in the morning council.
C. concurred.
Bill on Libells
Ordinance <​Bill—​> on Libels was read the 2d Time.
Moved by Mayor— that the words, “and statute of be added to the 1st section of the ordinac, immediately after Kent.— sceonded [seconded] and carried,— and the words added.— proposed the addition. of a word.
Mayor.— mentioned said no man would join the claque who is not <​votes​> not guilty.— and objected to.—
<​read 3d Time by its title​>
Motioned by Mayor 2d by C. that the bill pass and carried unanimously:— satisfied with title “An ordinance concerning libels and for other purposes.”
Mayor Said the Constitution did not authorize an <​the​> press to publish Libels—
And proposed the council make some provision for putting-down the Nauvoo Expositors
C. movd that the procure. a porpectus [prospectus] of the Nauvoo Expositin [Expositor]. 2d by
read Art 8th 1 S. Constitution.
Mayor called on <​for​> the charter.—
Prospectus of the Nauvoo Expositor was read—
Mayor read statemts of from the “Expositor Is it not treasonable against all chartered rights, priviliges, peac[e] and happiness of the ?—— and spoke at great length.—
C. spoke in favor of declaring the Expositor a Nuisance [p. 26]
said no city on earth would bear such slander and he would not bear it.— and spoke decidedly in favor of active measures.——
Mayor made a statmnt of what said before the <​C.​> Council conring [concerning] his frndsship— <​if he had any thi[n]g agist th Mayor—​> and scores respnded to the questin.— yes.—
said stated befor ths grand Jury that he did not say befre <​to​> the council that he was Josephs frind.—
— continud was presidnt of this council— . & were members— & has never objected to any ordinance— has been more like a cypher— and read from the constitutin of the on freedom of the press.— we are willing th[e]y should publish the truth— but the paper is a nuisanc— and stinks in the nose of every honest man.—
Resolution of <​on​> nuisances read—
Mayor.— read Article 8. sec 22. page 365,— Constitutin of
spoke Nuisanc is any thing distu[r]bs the peac of community.— & Read. Chitty’s Blackston page 4. Priest wrongs Vol 2,— and said the whole commun[i]ty have to rest under the stigma of these faslehoods [falsehoods]— if we can prevnt the issiung [issuing] of any more slanderouss <​communicatons​> I he would go in for it.— it is right for this comunity to show a proper resentmnt— I would go in for suppressing all further publicants of the kind.—
C. be[lie]ved the best way to smash the press all to pieces and pie the type [p. 27]
<​C.​> concurrd whith with what other counsellrs had said,—
referd to the statemet of the Expositor relative to the Muncpal cort in case of .— considrd it a public Nuissnc [nuisance]
— consi[de]red his a peculiar situatin for the city concil to pass this a nuisance would be hasty. & propose givng a few days limatin— & assess a fine of $3000.00 for every libel.— & if they would not cease publishing libe[l]s declare it a nuisance.
Mayor— Querrid
said the counsellr stated made provisions.— fine 500,00—
Mayor replid they thretend to shoot him when at — & the women and othrs dare not go to to p[r]osecute.— and read a libel from the Expositor concerning .— and explaind and showed the falshood of the Expositor, was openly in the streets of the daily
C. spoke of the Warsaw Signal—
<​Mayor was sorry to have one dissentig voice—​>
did not mean to be undstood to go vs but not be in haste
.— spoke of the mortgages on the property of the propitors [proprietors] of the Expositors.—
C <​A.​> . conserd there is but one cou[r]se to pursue they were out of the re[a]ch of the law,— one couse to put and end to the thing at once.— beleivd if the did not do it othrs would.— by what he had heard.
. belived it to a Nuisance— and referd to the opin[io]n of on Habes Corpus, and spoke in favor of our cha[r]ter,— &c—
Asked , before the Grnd Jury, if he was not the man [p. 28] he saw at Joseph’s making professions of fri[en]dship— said he was not,— asked if he did not state befor hundreds of people that you belivd Joseph a prophet? No! said —— they were under oath when they said it.
accorded with the viws expersed [expressed], that this paper is a nuisane, did not consider it wis[e] to give thm time to trupret [trumpet] a thou[sa]nd lies this proprty could not pay for.— If we pass only a fine or impisment [imprisonment], have we any confidace that they will d[e]sist? none at all,— fo[u]nd these men covnet [covenant] breakers. with God with their wives. &c. have we any hope of their doing better— Their charactees have gone before them
, said when at the people sa[i]d no-body caered for him— they all blived him to be a scoundrel. Higbee
continud.— shall they be suffrd to go on. No I had rather my blood would be spilld.— and would like to have the press removed as soon as the ordinace will allow,— wished the matter be put in the hnds of the Mayor and evry body stand by him,— in the excutin [execution] of his duties.— and hush evry murmur—
C. said he had felt deeply on this subject.— and concurred fully in gen smiths views as expressed by him— this day.—— considrd private interest as nothing in comparison with the public good.— Eve[r]y time a line was formed in he was thence, for what, to defend themse[l]ves agant just such schoudrels [scoundrels] as as are now fighting agist us.— considerd the doings of the counil this day of immence moment. not to this alone but to the whole wold.— would go in to put a stop to this thing at once—— Let the thing be throwd out of this — and have the responsbity [responsibility] off his shouldare & let it fall on, the state of — [p. 29]
C. . . . referd to the scurry at [Hawn's Mill]— & the death of his son at that place. I said he could not sit still when he saw the same spirit arisng in this place.—— and he considrd the publis[h]ers of the Expostors as much murderes at heart as David was before the death of Uriah. <​was for making a shrt wor[k] of it——​> was prepard to take his stnd by the Mayor & whatevr he propse [proposed] would stnd by by him to the last—— the quicker it is stopped the bettr.—
—— had investigatd the constitutin, Chater, & laws.— the power to declare that office a nuisac is grnted to us in the Springfield Chater, and a relosutin [resolution] dclaring it a nuisane is all that is reqired.
John Bining [Birney]Sworn & said they had comm[en]ced their operatin and woud cary them out Law or no law.
.— Sworn said the Inhabates [inhabitants?] of ths is done the minut a hand is laid on this press—
continud.— and referd to in destroying the charcter of a child,— who had the child <​charge of​> another child.—
Warren Smith Sworn,— came to me and proposd to have me go in as a p[ar]tner Makng Bogus Mony.— wold not wo[r]k for a livng witinss might go in with him, if witnss wold advnce $50. and shew me 1/2 a dollar he siad was made by his dies.—
continued had felt deeper this day than he ever felt before.— wanted to know by yes if there was any one home to <​who​> wanted to avenge the blood of that Innocent female— Yes ascended form evy qu[ar]ter of the room,— referred to the Tea plot at [p. 30] are we offerng or have we offrd to take away the right of eny one No <​thes​> 2 days? NO!!!— frm any quartres,—
Refred to Laws Grinding the poor— and spoke at grat length,— in supprt of active mesurs to put dow[n] iniquity.—
spoke from the chiar [chair], exprssed his feeligs that the p[r]ess ought to be demolish
Resoluti[o]n on the prnting press. read, and passd.
Petitin of Samul Guly & 9 othrs read rules dispnd [dispensed] with and Petitin orderd to be gantd [granted],— committe on Petitins of reprted unfavorable— repot accpted and Petitin orderd to be laid on the table indefintely
Voted that the collecter of the 4th ward have an extensin of 60 days for the collectin of Taxes for 1843—
10 minutes p[a]st 6 council adjrnd.
offrd his name in testmy vs [p. 31]