Minutes and Discourse, 29 December 1843

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Spe[c]ial Session, Dec 29, 1843, 4 oclock P. M.
Names of members called, Prayer by minutes of last council read and approved,
& 40 policemen were sworn into office, to support the constitution of the & the State of and obey the ordinance of this and the Mayor according to the best of their ability,— by the <​Counseller​> clerk of the Mayors Court.— Names <​of police​> are called by
A[lderman] admonishd the police to do their duty.
The mayor spoke. said that it was expected that a part would be on duty while othess rest,— that it might be expected that thieves had crept into the church, that it would be an abominable thing to set a theif to catch a thief, & would look upon men in their situati[o]n, guilty of a mean or cowardly act with the utmost concempt,— to <​be​> called High policeman, men have strange Ears, transformed,— altogether different from what they were, <​we will​> be forbearing, until we are compelled to strike, then do it decently and in good order, & break the yoke so that it cannot be mended, the mob mob has been so repulsed they stand in fear, <​Let us​> <​we will​> be at peace with all men so long as they will let us alone “shall be the Motto of the C. of J. C. o Latter D. Saints from this time forth, in relation to , Let it them alone”— they stink in the nose of the Almighty, Let them alone.— has gone clear and that proves me clear of being accessory of shooting [p. 30] that our difficulties from the State of are hurled on us through the influ[en]ce of our neighbors around us.— the has boasted of being a law abiding man. it is our best policy to acquaint the by affidavits &c so that when the onset comes he will be obliged to send the militia to our support. [blank] Let us keep cool, as a cucumber in a frosty morning, [blank] say nothing about . Soft words turn away wrath “in the heart of a fool,” therefore <​we will​> Poor pussey this generation. [blank] keep time,— have the ordinances in possession and study them, & ferret out all brothels and disorderly conduct, and if a transgressor resists cuff his ears,— if any one lifts a weapon presents a pistol &c take its his life if need<​s​> be, take care of <​to save your​> yourselves <​own lives​>, Let no horse be taken away,— or any thing stolen.— Let alone, stay at home, if any man attempts to bribe you tell me, Let us have a reformation, [blank] the spe[c]ulators are in this & wanting to sell revolving pistols, to us to fight the [Missourians] <​and the ’ to fight us,​> I think my life more in danger from some little doe head of a fool in this <​the​> than from all the volobulory [volubility?] of enemies abroad, and <​if​> I can escape the <​the hand of an as​> assassin of a Brutus I can live as <​like​> as <​might​> Caesar, <​have lived if he had not the been for a Brutus​>— I have <​have had​> pretended friends who have betrayed me as I am informed. Then Blessed the police,— it may be said in time to come where is our <​if​> old policemen— <​if you m[a]gnify your office,​> Let us have one of our policemen <​if you will magnify you[r] office​> shall be the blessing that shall be conforrd on you in time to come. if you wi
Counseller , spoke,— of the importance of the Police office,
The mayor said that if any one offerd a bribe to a poli[c]eman the will pay that Policeman twice the amount offered for the info[r]mation to be repo[r]ted to the mayor.
Petition of to have Licenc to retail Spirits read & ordered to be laid on the table.
Petition of & others, for openi[n]g a part of the street called Mulholland St— as far east as the corporations line [p. 31] & petition ordered to be granted
Petition of R[euben] H Loomis for a Licence to Retail Spiritous Liqors read and, and ordered to be laid upon the table,
Council Adjourned to next regular Meeting [p. 32]