Minutes, 19 May 1842

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Thursday May 19th. 1842. One oClock P. M.
City Council met pursuant to special appointment, opened <​by Prayer​>
Reading of Minutes of last Meeting dispensed with until the next Meeting.— Names of the Council were called.
The produced & read the Resignation of s, <​resignation​> <​of the​> office of Mayor of this , which was <​unanimously​> Accepted
It was then agreed by <​vote of​> the Council, unanimously, that the take the Chair until the office of Mayor be filled. The then acted as Chairman, when the following Ballot took place,— For <​Lt Genl​> Joseph Smith Eighteen, & for Ald[erma]n. One.— Upon which <​Genl​> Joseph Smith was declared to be duly Elected Mayor of the City of , & he was thereupon Sworn into office, & took the Chair accordingly.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of a Vice Mayor, in the stead of Genl. Joseph Smith, elected Mayor, For Genl. 18.— For 1. For 1.— Upon which Genl. was declared duly Elected, & took the Oath of office.
The following Resolution was then passed.—
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that the place of , as one of the City Councillors of this , be, & the same is hereby declared vacant, in Consequence of his becoming a nonresident of this .
May 19th. 1842.
, Recorder.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of
was elected <​a Member of the City​> Councillor Council of the City of in the place of , whose place had been declared vacant.
The following Ballot took place for the Election of a <​Member for the City​> Co[unci]l. in the place of Genl. J. Smith elected Mayor.
For 10.— For Robert Stone 4.
2— 2.
1.
Whereupon was duly Elected, & declared so accordingly.
The [p. 28]
The following appointments were made upon Vote.
to the Committee of Claims, in place of, .
to— d[itt]o — of public Works,— do,— Joseph Smith.
to— do— of Municipal Laws, do.—— do——
to— do— of Ways & Means, do,— do
The following Resolution was passed, upon Motion of <​Colr. [Councilor]​> .
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that this Council tender a vote of Thanks to Genl. , for his great Zeal in having good & wholesome Laws adopted for the Government of this , & for the faithful discharge of his Duty while Mayor of the same.
passed May 19th. 1842.
,— Recorder.
The following Resoln. was passed upon Motion of Colr. .
Resolved by the City Council of the City of , that a night Watch be <​& the same is hereby Ordered to be​> established in this , & that the number of Persons to Compose said Watch, & the Regulations & Duties connected therewith, be at the <​sole​> appointment and discretion of the Mayor.
passed May 19th. 1842.
Recorder.—
The Committee of Claims brought in their Report upon the Petition of & o[the]rs, to have their Wages answer on their Taxes for the year 1841, the Report was Accepted, <​which was,​> that they do not Recommend the adoption of the Petition, & the <​Upon​> vote, the Petn. was rejected.
<​Gave Order this day.—​> The Certfe [certificate] of , for Surveying the Burying Ground, was presented, & referred to the Committee of Claims, who Reported, recommending that his Claim for Twenty four Dollars be allowed, which Report was adopted by a Resolution.—
Resolved by the City Col. &c., that the Military officers do make such Arrangements as they deem proper for the preservation of the Cannon of belonging to the .—
Adjourned [p. 29]
Adjourned until the next regular Meeting, on the Second Saturday in June next.—
<​Joseph Smith, Mayor.​>
<​May 19th 1842.​>
<​, Recorder.​> [p. 30]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Those marked absent on the roll were council members Lyman Wight, Hugh McFall, John T. Barnett, and alderman Samuel H. Smith. (Nauvoo City Council Attendance Records, 14–19 May 1842, Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL.)  

    Nauvoo, IL. Records, 1841–1845. CHL. MS 16800.

  2. 2

    According to the council’s “Rules of Order,” when the mayor was absent, the vice mayor, in this case JS, would serve as “President pro tempore” of the council, but given JS’s impending election as mayor, council members seem to have followed the rule allowing them to elect a president in “any Meeting when . . . neither the Mayor, nor the president pro tempore, shall be present.” (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 22 Jan. 1842, 46.)  

  3. 3

    Section 11 of the Nauvoo charter granted the city council “power to fill all vacancies that may happen by death, resignation or removal.” On 21 May, JS signed an oath to perform his duties as mayor and signed a bond relative to those duties. (Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo, 16 Dec. 1840; Oath, 21 May 1842; Bond to James Sloan, 21 May 1842.)  

  4. 4

    Hyrum Smith and Willard Richards had each also received one vote in the election for vice mayor on 22 January 1842. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 22 Jan. 1842, 52.)  

  5. 5

    The Nauvoo charter required that city councilors be residents of Nauvoo. According to the council records, McFall was last in attendance at a city council meeting on 9 April 1842. (Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo, 16 Dec. 1840; Nauvoo City Council Attendance Records, 12 Feb.–9 Apr. 1842, Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL.)  

    Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841–1845. CHL.

  6. 6

    On 15 January 1842 the city council formed the Committee of Claims, which was to consist “of three Members, to whom shall be referred all Matters of Claims against the City, & applications for remission of Penalties.” Hugh McFall was appointed to the Committee of Claims on 22 January 1842. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 and 22 Jan. 1842, 41, 50, 52.)  

  7. 7

    Created by the city council on 22 January 1842, the Committee of Public Works consisted of three members, including JS. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 22 Jan. 1842, 51, 52.)  

  8. 8

    The city council formed the Committee of Municipal Laws on 15 January 1842. The committee consisted of “five Members, to whom shall be referred all Bills for Ordinances presented to the Council.” JS was appointed to the Committee of Municipal Laws in January 1842. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 and 22 Jan. 1842, 41, 51, 52.)  

  9. 9

    Created by the city council on 15 January 1842, the Committee of Ways and Means consisted of “One Member from each Ward, to whom shall be referred all Subjects of Taxation & Revenue.” JS was appointed to the Committee of Ways and Means in January 1842. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 and 22 Jan. 1842, 41, 50, 52.)  

  10. 10

    Notice, ca. 19 May 1842; Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 19 May 1842, 82. On a prior occasion, the city council gave a vote of thanks to Henry G. Sherwood, the city marshal, who planned to leave the city for a time. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 16 Oct. 1841, 23.)  

  11. 11

    This night watch was presumably created to protect JS from potential threats, including possible attempts to extradite him to Missouri for his rumored involvement in the assassination of former Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs. (See Mayor’s Order to City Watch, 20 May 1842; see also “The Mormons,” Sangamo Journal [Springfield, IL], 3 June 1842, [2]; Letter to Sylvester Bartlett, 22 May 1842; and Times and Seasons, 1 June 1842.)  

    Sangamo Journal. Springfield, IL. 1831–1847.

  12. 12

    Alanson Ripley was appointed city surveyor on 8 March 1841. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 8 Mar. 1841, 15.)  

  13. 13

    For Ripley’s petition, see Alanson Ripley et al., Petition, Nauvoo, IL, 14 May 1842, Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL. At times, city councilors sought to pay the previous year’s taxes with the money owed them as city officers. (See, for example, Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 15 Apr. 1843, 172.)  

  14. 14

    TEXT: Insertion written in left margin.  

  15. 15

    The Nauvoo charter granted Nauvoo citizens the power “to purchase, receive, and hold real property beyond the city for burying grounds, or for other public purposes.” In May 1841, the city council approved the purchase of land for a burying ground and, in February 1842, authorized the Committee of Public Grounds “to proceed forthwith, & do all Acts & Things that they may consider necessary, in relation to the Burying Ground, or Grounds.” (Act to Incorporate the City of Nauvoo, 16 Dec. 1840; Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 1 May 1841 and 17 Feb. 1842, 18, 58.)  

  16. 16

    TEXT: This last sentence, from “Adjourned” to “June next.—”, was written in black ink (with some blue ink still on the quill).  

  17. 17

    By special appointment, the city council met again on 23 May, before meeting on 11 June, the day appointed here. (Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, 23 May 1842, 30.)