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 ref[ere]nce 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 oath of office and took hi [32 lines blank] [p. [20]]
Sworn into office— as Alde[r]man. and took his seat
Cyrus Hills Sworn.— one day last week I beleive it Wedndy [Wednesday] a gentleman. whom I did not know come into the sitting ro[o]m of. the and req[u]ested the Hon 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 asked him what he wished.
<​as I [illegible] <​Witness​> Lea[r]ned th[e] Gentlens [gentleman’s] nam[e]​> said he wanted some convesatin [conversation] on some business Whi[c]h witness did not undestnd [understand] at that time. The Gen refused to go any further— & said he would have no convesatin in 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 wou[l]d have a cool and calm investigati[o]n of the subj[ec]t.— and by his making a p[r]oper 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 hea[r]d no p[r]oposals made by Mayor to for a settlement. heard nothi[n]g about any offers of dollars or money or any other offers except those mentind [mentioned]. before.— nothing said about .— witness was within hearing of the parties all the time convessatin 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 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 fri[e]nds— as witn[e]ss [p. [21]] <​​> understood <​it was​> for the purpose of having an intervi[e]w an on some matters in contention. asked the Gen if he had any objecti[o]ns to his s coming down.— the Gen replied he had not. but wanted he should be pres[e]nt.— started and said he would be back shortly. before left the men whom the General had nam[e]d to be presnt at the convesatin had were sent for.— went in as the Mayor & were coming out of the Bar room into the Hall. nothing said by the Mayor to ab[o]ut his coming back. Mayor made no offers to abut a settlem[en]t.
Mayor said the fi[r]st thing that occurr[e]d 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. repli[e]d 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
. sworn— read his state[me]nts. Marked A. No 1. on File.—
who was sworn— at the last council— <​on satu[r]day—​> said.— Stated that he he came to .— before the Laws and brought much <​considerable​> p[r]operty. it was just before after the chu[r]ch was driven from & arriv[e]d in this place. The families. having been robb[e]d of all in were in a sta[r]ving condition. [p. [22]]
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 ,— 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[shels] 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— [30 lines blank]
by council of the presidiny [presidency] converted his fu[n]ds to feeding the poor. bringing in meet & flour &c— and while thus engaged. drew upon the Laws— who were then engaged in mechadize [merchandise]— to the amou[n]t of some six hun[d]red dollars. which. on account of his expenditurs for th[e] poor he was not able to pay within some 70 or 80 dollars as soon as Laws wantd it. though he offe[re]d th[e]m <​good​> popety [property] propety at considrable less th[a]n ma[r]ket value.— as was obliged to leave the — a littele season. In On chu[r]ch business. oppressed<​worried​> <​thretene [threatened]. & intimdatd [intimidated]​> his family. in his absenc[e] for said pay—
<​When​> made a public dinner on the 4th of July. <​ was obliged to be asbnet [absent] &​> depos[i]ted funds <​meet flour &c​> with to feed to the poor at that dinner. and handed it out as hi[s] own popety. [22 lines blank] [p. [23]]
C[ouncilor] said he recolle[c]ted the time referrd to.
Mayor said gave him his Notes & he destr[o]yed them was the first man to step forward and help serve the poor from .—
Bill $40. read & refrred to comm[i]ttee on claim[s]
<​Special​> Committee reported an A Bill— on Ordinanc[e] on Libels & for oth[e]r pu[r]poses.— with preamble—
Mayor said— if he had a city council who felt as he did. the establishm[e]nt. (refering to the Nauvoo Expos[i]tor) would be a Nuisanc[e] before night.— and read an Editorial from the 2d No of the Nauvoo Expositor who ever said a word vs until he has atta[c]ked this coun[c]il.— or agint [against]. . or the Laws until they have come out against the ?—
& Here is a paper (Nauvoo Expositor) that is exciting.— our enemies abroad.—
— has been proved— a muderes [murderer] before this Council.— and delard [declared] the paper a nuisance.
a greater nuisanc <​geater​> than a dead carcase [carcass]— 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 pri[e]sthood. and read a the statement of in the Expositor. where the truth of God is was transformd into a lie.— Read Stateme[n]ts of — & said he had never had any privite convesation with on these subje[c]ts. that he prea[c]hed on the stand from the bible showing the order in ancient days having nothing to do with the p[r]esent 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 rath[e]r 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. <​ther[e] was​> only one girl 16 or 17 years old.— & a yo[u]nger sister.— took in these girls out of pity. was familiar with the oldest daughter, cautiond the girl.— was soon ther[e] again and out in the evinng [evening]. charged the girl & she confimd [confirmed] to witness wife had seduc[e]d her. told her he could not keep herr— girls wept and made much ado— made many p[r]omises— told herr if she would do right she might stay. but she did not. keep— came & she wint ag[a]in.—
Mayor— said certain women came to compl[a]in to his that they had caught with the girl on the floor— at .— in the night
C. .— spoke to show the falsehoods of in relation to the revelati[o]n referred to.— that it referrd to fo[r]mer days— not the presnt time as stated by .
Mayor said he had never pre[a]ched the revelatin in private as he had in public— had not taught in it to the highet anointed in the chu[rc]h <​in p[r]ivate​> which may [many?] confirmd.—
On enquiry the passage in the resurrecti[o]n they neithe[r] mar[r]y &c. I receiv[e]d for answer, Men in this life must be married in vi[e]w of Etirnity, was the amount of the revelation. othe[r]wise they must remain as angels only— in heaven. and spoke at considerable length. in explanation of the principl[e]s was willing for one to subscribe his name to declare that paper & the whole establishemt as a nuisance
1 O clock & 19. min adjnd for one hour.— [p. [25]]
half past 2 o clock P. M. council called Quorum pesnt [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 [ordinance]. immediately after Kent.— 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​>
Motion[e]d by Mayor 2d by C. that the bill pass and carried unanimously:— satisfi[e]d with title “An ordinance concerning libels and for other purposes.”
Mayor Said the Constitution did not authorize an the press to publish Libels—
And p[r]oposed the council make some provision for putting— down the Nauvoo Expositors
C. mov[e]d that the p[r]ocure. a p[r]ospectus of the Nauvoo Expositir. 2d by
read Art 8th 1 §. Illinois Constitution.
Mayor calld on for the charter.—
Prospectus of the Nauvoo Expositor was read—
Mayor read statem[en]ts of from the “Expositor” Is it not treasonable again[s]t all charterd right, privileges, 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 stamnt [statement] of what said before the <​C​>. Council conc[ern]ing his frdsship [friendship]— <​if he had any thi[n]g agis [against] th[e] Mayor—​> and scores resp[o]nded to the qustin [question].— yes.—
said stated befor the grand Jury that he did not say befor to the council that he was Josephs fr[ie]nd.—
— continu[e]d was presid[e]nt of this council— . & were members— & has never objected to any ordinance— has been more like a cypher— a and read from the constituti[o]n 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 eve[r]y 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[e] of community.— & Read. Chitty’s Blackston[e] page 4. Privat[e] wrongs Vol 2.— and said the whole commun[i]ty have to rest under the stigma of these faslehoods [falsehoods]— if we can prevent the issiung [issuing] of any more slanderous <​comminictns [communications]​> I <​he​> would go in for it.— it is right for this comunity to show a p[r]oper resentmnt— I would go in for suppressing all further publicat[ion]s of the kind.—
C. be[lie]ved the be[s]t way [was?] to smash the press all to pieces and pie the type [p. [27]]
<​C.​> concurr[e]d whith with what other counsellrs had said.—
referd to the stateme[n]t of the Expositor relative to the Muncpal cort [municipal court] in case of .— considrd it a public Nuissnc [nuisance]
— consi[de]red his a peculiar situtin [situation] for the city co[u]ncil to pass this a nuisance would be hasty. & p[r]opose g[iv]ing a few days limatin [limitation]— & assess a fine of $3000.00 for every libel.— & if they would not cease publish[in]g libe[l]s declare it a nuisance.
Mayor— Querrid
said the counsellr stated made provisions.— fine 500.00—
Mayor repli[e]d th[e]y thretend to shoot him when at — & the women and othrs dare not go to to p[r]osecute.— and read a libel f[r]om 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 dissenti[n]g voice—​>
did not mean to be und[er]stood to go vs but not be in haste
.— spoke of the mortgages on the p[r]operty of the prop[ri]etors of the Expositors.—
A. . conserd [considered] there is but one cour[s]e to pu[r]sue th[e]y were out of the rea[c]h of the law.— one cour[s]e to put and end to the thing at once.— beli[e]ved if the did not do it othrs would.— by wh[a]t he had heard.
. beli[e]ved it to [be?] a Nuisance.— and referd to the opin[ion] of on . and spoke in favor of our cha[r]ter.— &c—
Asked . befor the Gr[a]nd Jury, if he was not the man [p. [28]] he saw at Joseph’s making professions of fidship [friendship]— said he was not.— asked if he did not state befor hu[n]dreds of people that you belivd [believed] Jos[e]ph a prophet? No! said — th[e]y were under oath when th[e]y said it.
accorded with the vi[e]ws expersed [expressed]. that this paper is a nuisan[c]e. did not consider it wis[e] to give th[e]m time to trupret [trumpet] a thou[sa]nd lies this prope[r]ty could not pay for.— If we pass only a fine or impismnt [imprisonment]. have we any confiden[ce] that th[e]y will dsit [desist]? 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 [characters] have gone before th[e]m
. said when at the people sa[i]d no-body caered [cared] for him— they all belivd him to be a scoundrel. Higbe
continud.— shall they be suffrd to go on. No I had rather my blood would be spilld.— and would like to have the p[r]ess removd as soon as the ordina[n]ce will allow.— wish[e]d the matter be put in the h[a]nds of the Mayor and eve[r]y body stand by him.— in the excutin [execution] of his duties.— and hush eve[r]y mu[r]mur—
C. said he had felt deeply on this subject.— and concurred fully in gen smiths views as expressed by him— this day.— consid[er]ed private interest as nothing in comparison with the public good.— Eve[r]y time a line was formed in he was theree [there]. for what. to defend themse[l]ves aga[ins]t just such schondrels [scoundrels] as as are now fig[h]ting agai[n]st us.— considerd the doings of the coun[c]il this day of immence moment. not to this alone but to the whole wo[r]ld.— would go in to put a stop to this thing at once— Let the thing be thrond [thrown] out of this — and have the responsbity [responsibility] off his shouldars & let it fall on. the state of Go.— [p. [29]]
<​C.​> — referd to the scurry at — & the death of his son at that place.— said he could not sit still when he saw the same spirit aris[i]ng in this place.— and he conside[re]d the publis[h]ers of the Expostors as much murdere[r]s at heart as David was before the death of Uriah. <​was for making a sho[r]t wo[r]k of it—​> was prepar[e]d to take his sta[n]d by th[e] Mayor & whatev[e]r he propo[sed] wo[u]ld st[an]d by by him to the last— the qui[c]ker it is stopped the bette[r].—
— had invstigatd the constituti[o]n. Cha[r]ter, & laws.— the power to declare that office a nuisac [nuisance] is gra[n]ted to us in the Springfield Cha[r]ter, and a relolutin [resolution] d[e]claring it a nuisan[c]e is all that is req[u]ired.
John Birney Sworn & said th[e]y had comenced their operati[o]ns and would car[r]y them out Law or no law—
.— Swo[r]n said the Inhabates [inhabitants] of th[i]s is done the minut[e] a hand is laid on th[i]s press—
continud.— and referd to in destroyi[n]g the char[a]cter of a child.— who had the child <​charge of​> anoth[er] child.—
Warren Smith Sworn.— came to me and poposd [proposed] to have me go in as a ptnr [partner] Maki[n]g Bogus Mon[e]y.— wo[u]ld not wo[r]k for a livi[n]g witness might go in with him. if witn[e]ss wo[u]ld advne [advance] $50. and shew me 1/2 a dollar he said 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 prese[nt] to <​who​> wanted to avenge the blood of that Innocent female— Yes ascended f[r]om ev[er]y qu[ar]ter of the room.— referrd to the Tea plot at [p. [30]] are we offer[i]ng or have we offe[re]d to take away the right of any one No <​thes[e]​> 2 days? NO!!!— f[ro]m ev[er]y qu[a]rters.—
Referd to Laws Grinding the poor— and spoke at gr[e]at length.— in supp[or]t of active mesur [measures] to put dow[n] iniquity.—
spoke f[r]om the chair. exp[r]essed his feeli[n]gs that the p[r]ess ought to be demolish[ed]
Resoluti[o]n on the pr[i]nting press. read. and pas[s]ed.
Petiti[o]n of Samul Guly [Samuel Gully] & 9 othr [others] read rules dispnd [dispensed] with and Petiti[o]n orderd to be gantd [granted].— <​committe[e] on Petition of repo[r]ted unfav[o]rable— repo[r]t ac[ce]pted and Petition orde[re]d to be laid on the table indefintely​>
Voted that the Collector of the 4[th] w[a]rd have an extensi[o]n of 60 days <​for the collecti[o]n of Taxes fo[r] 1843—​>
10 minutes pa[s]t 6 coun[c]il adjnd [adjourned].—
offe[re]d his name in testmy [testimony] vs [p. [31]]