Minutes, 8 June 1844

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Regular Session—
June. 8[th] 1844.— 10 o cclock A. M.
<​ and received their oath of office & took their seats​>
Names of Members called Quorum persent [present].— Mayor presiding. Prayer by
minutes of last 3 councils read and approved. account of $4.00 read.—
Mvd [Moved] seconded and carried that the call , said he had bound <​a portion of​> Money to pay the police so far Mr Lewis was concernd [p. 11]
Petition of Edson Whipple & 25 other read.—
Mr [Christopher] Keegan Explaind. by way of objection.— and said it was
. asked if the street had been surveyed.—
C[ouncilor] said there was no need of a street across Keeg[a]ns farm. there is no street Surveyed.—
said if the street had not been surv[ey]ed.— the council Had no jurisdiction.—
C. said there was no st[r]eet laid out
Keegan said he had left <​open​> 2 streets. voluntarily.—
<​C​> moved it. was <​Ordereded to be​> said to lay<​ed​> on the table & carrid
Petition of & 51— oth[e]rs <​read and orderded to be​> laid on table
Petition of W[hitford] G Wilson and 65 others read
<​C.​> moved to lay it on the table—
proposed some action be had on said bill,— the petitionrs were respectable.— and if spirits was to be sold the might have the benefit of.— &c— some would have grog.—
C. was opposed to drink shops.— would not have any one licenced.— if the officers would do there [their] duty <​there​> would be no trouble Mayor said the could do no more, ought to attend <​to it.—​>
<​C​> referred to the speech of the Indian in the council chamber.— advising His brethren to drink no strong drink— &c & compared it with the proceeding of the citizens of this
And told the Story of the Devil and the Drunken deacon.— & said said let the speak to all the police. & have them do their duty.— referr[e]d to the boys playing, swimmi[n]g & visiting shops on the sabbath.— and urged the Coun[c]il to rise up again[s]t it. and spoke at considerable length.— on the principles of govenmnt. & good order in the .
A. — referred to an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to regulate, to the sale of spirits.— and spoke against selling spirits by the swill by every one who was disposed to make a picayune urged that the people sustain the Mayor in the exe[r]cise of a whol[e]some opinion on this subject
Mayor said he had granted no licence in the to sell Liquo[r]s [p. 12]
Each ward petitioned that no Licences be granted in their ward. Mayor has sold some Liquor at the <​Barbers​> shop— to accommodate those who needed. and oblige in his suffering condition after being impisond. in — had sold none in his house— since the passage of the last ordinance.
Mayor has hea[r]d complaints about certain houses. & when he has called them to make complaint. they have run away. believs it is generelly the case th[a]t when a man goes to law he has an unjust case & wants to go before an unjust <​Judge​> or one who wants business— has very few suits on his docket,
Mayor referrd to— — and proposd <​suggested​> the popoopriety [propriety] of purging the city coun[c]il firt <​of​> Nuisances The man who steps forward to put down iniquity is the fir[s]t to be put down by the people of the . Mayor said if he had kept a whore from here— and since. & had done every thing— would have been as good a man as & .— <​ sworn​> said <​the​> Laws had brought <​Bogus,​> dies to him to fix— : referred to . his brothrs, & the Higbys. & asked what good they had ever done? Where is the <​first​> act of goodness and greatness in & ?— while Joseph was under arrest. Laws & would have ben rode on a rail if he had not have stepped forwa[r]d to p[r]event it.—
Mayor.— said— at the time he was under arrest pu[r]sued him for $40.00 he was owing said , and it took the last expen[s]e mon[e]y he had,— to pay it.—
<​C.​> continu[e]d and referred. to — coming to this place. &c—
Mayor said Had offered $5,00 dollars to kill him.
<​C.​> continued. . told me <​him​> he ment to have my <​his​> daughter. laid a plan with 4 or 5 persons to to kidnap his daughter. & thrnted [threatened] to Shoot any man that should come near after he got her in the skiff— was Engaged in trying to make Bogus <​whi[c]h​> was his princple business.—
referred to the revelation read to the High council.— that it was in answer to a qustion concenig [concerning] things which transpired in former days & had no refene [reference] to the p[res]ent time.— that when sick said <​he had been guilty of adultry &​> he was not fit to live or die. had Sinnd again[s]t his own soul &c [p. 13]
who was — when he came here had scarce 2 shi[r]ts— was dandld by the authorities of the .— Now. Editer— of the Expositor— his right hand man who he Confesd to him <​the sp[e]aker​> he had had the Pox.— &c— has lifted his hand again[s]t the municipality of God Almighty. and the curse of God shall rest up[o]n him.
Mr. Washington Peck Sworn— said. soon after came heree said came to him— and wa[n]ted to have loan som[e] need mon[e]y I <​witness​> let him have some. and took some jewelry as security. soon after— a man from across the river came after the jewelry had stolen it from him. or loaned it of him.—
at anothr time wanted to get money— he should enlist in bogus making asked me if <​witn[e]ss​> if he would do any thing dishon[o]rable. to get.— a living— said he would not.— <​said​> he <​witness​> was a <​damd​> fool he could get a living a deal easier than then he was then doing— <​by making Bogus—​> some men high in th[e] chu[r]ch were engaged in the business— <​witness asked if it was Joseph— No said . I dare not tell it to Joseph​> but not Joseph. Witness understood, the Laws were engaged in it— <​ said he​> would be the death of witness of if he ever went to Joseph or any one to tell of what he had said
Bill of for $4.00 read— & $1.50 allowed therere [thereof]
1 oclock & 12 mi— coun[c]il adjnd [adjourned] 1 hour
2 " 12 mi names called. no quorum coun[c]il adjnd for one hour
3 oclock 7. minutes.—
<​ recived his oath of office & took his seat in the coun[c]il​>
moved.— that Counseller be suspended <​from his office as city counciller​> until his case can be investivated for slandering the this <​council and that the notify him [o]f his suspensins [suspension] and that his case wou[l]d be investigated at the next regular session of the​> Council— 2d by— — and carrid—
Moved—
.— Expressd his feelings that had helped make the ordinanc[e]s of the and neverr lifted his voice again[s]t them. in the council.— and was now trying to dest[ro]y th[o]se same ordin[ance]s & the charter [p. 14]
Sworn said told that Bogus Business <​Making​> was going on in the . but it was too damnd small business. he wanted to help him to procure Money <​for the Gen was afraid. to go into it— &​> with $500.00 he could get an engraving <​for bills​> on the Bank of and one on the state of .— and could make money.— said many times did not know him. Mayor. Said he believed the Gen had been telling me <​​> something; God Dam[n] him if he has I will kill him.— <​& swore he​> would kill any man that should prove a traitor to him.— Said if he could get a company of men to suit him he would go onto the frontier and live by highway Robbery— <​for he​> had got sick of the world.
moved that the & police be instructd to investigate the selling of Liquor— in the .—
objetd [objected] to calling names before the council.
said 50 had complaind of houses and persons &c— but has told them to enter legal complaint.
apologizd <​Explained​> to
Mayor calld for the to report
. said he kn[e]w where the grog shops were. <​upon​> Stone House one.— has decanters and glasses.— Gordon & Allen Nauvoo Store.— men came away drunk.— Grubb & Ritchie City Bakery.
Snows— or Ashbys brick house. said they were selling candy & wine. beleives a good deal <​of Liquor​> drunk at [Samuel M.] Marr’s Store.—
have never seen any sold at .— no appeara[n]ce of it. and gambling going on at all these places or most of them as beleives.— Lynching of the Negro originated— in drinking.— saw a glass pourd out at Thompsons but saw none drunk. beleived th[e]y drink and Gamble. <​Morris’s House—— <​on​> Mulholland St.— Beeches sells by swall [swill] I am <​as​> infor[m]ed​>
.— called for the reading of the ordinan[c]e on Spiritous Liqu[o]rs ordinance read.— suggested that complain[an]t have 1/2 the fine.—
had not weighed the measure. not ready to go for the measure [p. 15] did not want to do any thing to create quarrel among men<​&​> through thought the police might bring up the ordinances of the without fee or reward.—
Mayor. asked if
Mayor queried
Explained—
argued his motion that a house div[id]ed house against itself cannot stand.— & drunkard will betray each other
— moved th[a]t the petition— of W G. Wilson & others be laid on the table and the police be inst[r]ucted to watch the house & see learn if the ordinace be broken—
Mayor suggested. that there might be a mistake about the Upper stone house being
Petition order[e]d to be laid on th[e] table forever
John S. Higbee— $$38.00. read referd to Com. on claims
Petition of &. 4 oth[ers] read. referrd to the Mayor
An ordinanc[e] conce[r]ning the City Attorney and his duties, read— twice.—
objected to 3d Section— thought.
— concured with that complainant ought not to. be compelled to pay for council
Mayor. concurred.— and spoke at length.
spoke.— in concurren[c]e
Mayor Suggested.— that. a bill be got up to give a portion of the fine to the complint [complainant]— a potin [portion] to council. <​the Attorny.​> & the rest to the .—
— Explained.—
Mayor called to the chair.—
Mayor remarked the Attorny might have the privilege of occupying the Mayors office.— and suggest[e]d that 1/3 fine go to Attorny 1/3 to complint 1/3 to .— so far as the Mayor has had to.— to be complanant. witness. mayor— & every thing else
— spoke.—
.— explaind.—
<​3d Section was Erased and a new one inserted.—​>
Mayor moved that the rules be dispensed with & th[e] bill pass
Pass.— Carrid— Satisfid with Title {An Ordinance concerning the City Attorney and his duties, [p. 16]
Report on J. S. Higbees. account accepted— acct. allowed.
<​— and were appo[in]ted a committee to draft an— ordanine [ordinance]—​>
Mayor Suggested that council pass an ordinanc[e] to prevent misrepresentation of & Libellous publicati[o]n, and wanted a law passed to pevet [prevent] all. conspiracy against the peace of the .—
ordinc [ordinance] read <​Mayor said he had never made any proposals to to come Back—— p[r]oposed to come back come to his house and wanted a private intervi[e]w I <​Mayor​> told him I <​he​> wou[l]d have no private inte[r]view— had some convesatin [conversation] with . in the hall. in presenc[e] of several.​>
Mayor related to Council Conve[r]sation with . and read a letter f[r]om .— <​dated​> June 7[th] and when he left my house he went to a shew [shoe] shop on the hill— and said that Joseph said if he would come back he would give him s place in the church & a hart [hat] full of specie.— and then read wrote the Letter Just read
. sworn— stated that the conversation as stated by the mayor was correct.— was prsnt May 7[th] A M 10 At . rode up enqurd [enquired] if Gen Smith was at home. told him he beleved he was. went in to the house. went in. was there. the general & othrs looking at some speciman of penmanship. Somthng was said resp[e]cting a convesatin at th[a]t time. between the Gen & Gen Smith observed to . if he had a conve[r]sation he would want others present. said he would have a word with him by himself— and went into the Hall. went to the door. that he might see and hear. what was passing— they still continu[e]d to talk on the subj[e]ct of a conve[r]sation that they might have. afterwa[r]d with others present. that Mr Smith might choose. and those that might choose. left. and went for those that he said he wanted present. and would return soon with them.— Thinks he hea[r]d all the convesatin.— hea[r]d nothing about Gen Smith making any offers to to settle— was pr[e]sent all the time.— <​ came to t[a]lk with him Me— and reported was​>
Mayor said he wanted it distin[ct]ly undestood that he knew nothing about s going to see — [p. 17]
continued— and said he sent to .— and Joseph knew nothing about it.—
said. came to him on the 7th & said he had had an interview with . & though[t] he was almost ready to come back— and a word f[r]om witness or Joseph would bring it about.— &c
Mayor— said the conduct of such men— <​& ​> such papers are calculated to <​do​> destroy the peace of the .— and it is not safe that such things should exist— on acount of the mob spirit. which th[e]y tend to produce.— and— he had made the statem[e]nts he had, and called the witnesses to prepare the council to act in the case.—
was blakguarded out of and dubbed him with title of Judge. <​(as he had unde[r]stood f[r]om citiz[e]ns of )​> he was poor.— and <​Mayorer [Mayor]​> hilped him to cloth for a coat befor[e] he went away— <​la[s]t fall​> & he labored all winter to got the post office from Bro .— <​(as informed—)​>
<​Mayor​> Referred to a writing from .— and Showing that the Laws presented the communicati[o]n f[r]om the female Relief society in the <​Nauvoo​> Neighb[o]r— <​to ​> was as the bone of contintion— <​& s[a]id​> If God ever spoke by any man. it will not be 5 years before this in ashes and we in our g[r]ave unless we go to <​​> or some <​other​> place.— if the does not put down. evry thing which tends to mobacracy— and put down their murders. Bogus Makers and scoundrels— All the sorrow I have <​he had​> ever had in my <​his​> family. has arisin th[r]ough the influen[ce] of . [p. 18]
C. spoke.— in relation to <​th[e]​> Laws. Fosters. Higbes. Editor of the Signal &c— and of the impotane [importance] of suppressing that spi[r]it which has drivn us f[r]om &c That he would go into for an effective ordinance—
Mayor said at the time was pusing [pursuing] me <​him​>.— <​with his writs—​> came to my house with a band of Misso[u]rians for the purpose of betraying me.— came to my gate.— and was prev[e]nted with by who was set to watch camee within my <​his​> gate. and calld Mayor.— and the Mayor rep[r]oved for comi[n]g at that time of night
Swors [sworn] them <​Said​>— ab[o]ut 10. o’ck <​at night​>— a boat came up th[e] river. <​with ab[o]ut a Doz[en]— men​> came to the gate with them. was on guard— and stopped them.— called Joseph to the door— and wanted an intervi[e]w. Joseph said you know better than to come here at this hour of the night— & retur[ne]d.—
next Morning wrote a letter to apologize.— which he heard read— which was writt[e]n apparently to screen himself from the censure of a conspiracy.— And the Letter betrayed a conspi[r]acy on the face of——
sworn, said.—
Mayor p[r]oposed an adjumnt [adjournment]—
— read an ordinan[ce] concerni[n]g libels.——
Mayor suggested the p[r]opriety of having a preamble to said ordinance.— chairman said he would add to the committee.— to draft a preamble.——
C. suggested an additi[o]n to the ordin[an]ce read to prevent attempts to take away our charter. &c.— <​would go for an affective ordinan[c]e​>
Chairman enstuted [instructed] the committe to go all lenghts & <​to make a​> full report on the pr[e]amble & ordnace [ordinance]
6. 30 mi— adjnd till Monday <​next​> 10 oclck AM. [p. 19]