Nauvoo City Council Rough Minute Book, February 1844–January 1845

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10 February 1844 • Saturday
State of Illinois) Ss [scilicet]—
City of )
City council Rough book, commencing Feb 10— 1844. 10 oclock A.M.— Reguler Session. Names of members called,— Not a quorum present. Adjourned until Monday next 10. oclok.— to wit Feb— 12th. 1844
Adjourned session—
12 February 1844 • Monday
Mondy February 12th 1844, 10 oclock, AM. .
Names of Members called. Quorum Present, Prayer by .— Minutes of last council read,— and approved.
Petition of Thomas Moss. for remuneration for damage <​done his​> of <​cellar by a change in the location of water street​> water Street, read and referred to Com<​mitte​> on Claims.—
Mayor suggested that the rise of property is was sufficient to indemnify the petitonrs.
objected to any action on the bill. Mayor agreed with .— said that Laws’ Mill stood where the road <​was originaly located &​> should have been <​made— and it was alterred to accomorddate [accommodate]the Laws—​> and he <​they​> agreed to and must satisfy all— who— were injured by the alteration, and they must do it.
Their alteration, <​the order for​> <​T Moss​> committe met, to <​reconsiderd​> <​the committee​>— reconsidered.— & <​the petition​> ordered to be laid on the table
<​The select​> Committes, on <​(to whom was <​previously​> referred the blan a blank bond of .​> s. bond reported that the council to the Agent of the City of , for Lot 3— in Block 4— of Hibbards. Additions to <​for​> the <​use of th​> City of , for <​the erection of​> public buildings. by said .) Reported. that though the Lot was desireable for the to erect public buildings upon, yet the committes they did not thing <​judge​> it wisdom to accept this Lot on the conditions mentiond in said.— Bond.— as the might not think it best to erect a hall more than 38 ft <​on 39​> square.— or might prefer some other [illegible].
<​Report accepted & the— Bond orderd to be laid in the table.​>
Committe on City Attorney reported, they had not time, to draft the bill.— ordered, the committee have further time
, reported. the criminal code was probably with , and he was expected to return to the soone. C.— [Councillor]. moved committee have further time & carried.
Petition of ordered to be laid on the table
An ordinance to amend certain ordinances— read twice— 2d Sec added. read third time. passed.— Title, an ordinance entitld an ordinance to repeal certain ordinances therein mentind [mentioned]. read & apporved, approved
An ordinance to repeal an ordin[an]ce regulating the currency passed Mar[c]h 4th 1843.— read twice ruled dispecd [dispensed] with & passed. 15 minute before 12 adjourned to ne[x]t [r]egular meetng. [p. 1]
at 12 o clock, the mayor ordered the council to be recaled.
1 Oclock P.M. Council re-assembled. Names of members called Majority <​Quorum​> present.
The compendium of the 6th Census of the was received by the city council. From A Memorial To the Honorable Senate and Representatives <​of the in Congress asse[m]bled​> passed Dec 21, 1843, was <​was read &​> signed by the counsellors— Aldermen, Mayor. & &
2 counseller & 1 alderman.— absent.
<​voted the​> <​receive an order of​> $25.00 on the treasury for engrossigs Petitions &c—
voted that . . . the procure $60 on the <​credit​> of the of fee to pay C, passage to. . as special messenger from the Coun[c]il to cary the Mem <​The​> Mayor <​instructed to​> call. all the Representativs of , tell them our suffering have been such that we must have that documet passed,— and we will have it. you must go in for it. go to and call a delegation from his ; seperate from deligatin [delegation], Demand the same. , and other prominet men.— Call public meetings in the city of , take the Saloon.— publish so much for Ticket:— invite the members. & roar upon it them.— take all my writing you think any thing of,— send.— &c. and you shall prosper in the name of God; Amen.
Report of the . of the attendance of the City Council. &c— from Aug 12, 1843 to Feb— 9 inclusive, <​Total​>. $828.11. fines 4.50 <​—— Report accepted.​>
Mayor spoke in favor of the s proceedings.—
spoke in favor of the , & of the Reprt of the —. spoke—— Mayor offred to give the 60 dollars <​out of his salary​> for C ’s passage to , if the would raise the funds immediately,
nomnated. . as counseller in his absence which was confirmd by the council——
accepted the appointment.—
spoke. in reciprocation of the good feelings which had be manif[ested] by the Mayor & others——
Report of the city councils adjournd attending <​attendence​> accepted. [p. 2] and orderd to be paid out of any mony in the treasury not othrwise appropriated
disbursements of the city <​council for the past year read & accepted​> read and accepted.
Docket of the Municipal court for feb 5th 1844. read.
Attendence of the municipal court read.—
Council adjourned to next regular Session.—
5 March 1844 • Tuesday
March 5 1844. (Special session 2 P.M
Names of members called. quorum present.
Mayor stated that he had called the council because that when the called on the steam boats for wharfage the boats declined paying, because & Morrisoe [Morrison] had told them that they owned the land and they need pay no wharfage to the .— And he called the council to know their views on the subject, as he had told that he should see the ordinances executed and if they <​boats​> did not <​pay​> he should blow them up, and all those who uphold them <​in resisting the ordnanes [ordinances]​>.— And every measure is taken to palsey the hands of the officers of the . and I want to know how to remedy the evil, or whether he should abandon the ordinances, &c
said that it was the mayor’s duty to Enforce the ordinance of the .— and that no man has a right to build a wharf.— without leave from the city
suggested the propriety of Licencesing those these who owned land or wharfs to collect a tax for the landing of the boat.
, concurred.——
Mayor said the land at <​on​> the waters edge was a street.
suggested the propriety of having the street worked, as soon as may be.—
. that if water street was existed all round the there had been constructing a nusance.
Mayor Spoke by <​in​> ixplanation, and said <​that said​> if the would make a wharf, he would give up what he had done
<​C.​> said— he wished the mayor to execute the laws of the
<​C​> concurred.—
<​C.​> —— proposed that water street be worked the whole length. [p. 3]
, said hewas <​I go​> in for executing the laws of th[i]s stated <​that​> Morrison said he had a Bond for a deed to land water mark.— and the could not take his pe[r]sonal right, and he obje[c]ted to the boats paying wharfage—
<​C​> , said if or Morrison or anyone else has built wharfs sinc that street was laid out, they could get no damage
<​C.​> , conside[re]d the ordinane passed good. & ought to be enforced
C. . believed it was our duty to stand up to the ordinances.
Motioned that By .— <​(See motion)​> that water street be that the City council instruct the mayor, to order the to open Water Street. from &c Joseph Smith. .
app[r]oved the resolutin Motions. that the road might be cleared. from Rafts.— and the rafts might also pay licence.—
said the uppr stone house was in the street.—— Mayor said that was the greatest nusance the was in the street.—
<​A.​> was in favor—
Motion carried unanimously—
said he had read <​the decis[io]n the post master general.​> that a letter has no right to go out of a vessel until it has passed the Post office.—
The question arose by. . & , who were Aldermen.— Mayor explaind that if the refused to grant a commission. it does not disqualify the officer elect. to act in [h]is office. consequently there was no virtue in the commission.— but the virtue of the office counts in th[e] election.
thought. they were aldermen all the time, or none of the time.
Mayor said he wanted all the Aldermen to the [be] added to the city council. [p. 4]
Moved <​by ​> that a committee of be appointed to revise the list of members.— of this council.
, spoke. . spoke of the corruption. of the clerk, in <​or​> governor in granti[n]g one commisin [commission]. & denying the others Elect.
spoke prepard to add all the old alderman, and save litigation.—
read from, the charter.
Motioned & carrid that all all the old aldrman be added to the List of members of this council.—
. said he considred the election made the aldermend and not the commission.—
Mayor said if I <​he​> had been Elected alderman and fil[e]d my <​his​> bond I <​he​> would act as counciller & Magistrate . . .
Adjournd to the next Regular meeting.— 4. P. M.
9 March 1844 • Saturday
Saturday March 9. 1844. 10 A.M.—
Regular Session.—
Names of members called, Not <​a​> quorum. present. 10 <​22​> minutes past 10 oclock Quorum present. C. [Councillor] was chosen prsidnt pro Tem.— Prayer by Counsellor .— Minuts of last council read and approved.
Petition of Geo W. Crouse and about 1170 others to open Knight st. read. and refered to a <​the​> committe on public grounds.
Petition, of Job E. Green. and 20 <​about​> 20 other to have fulmer street from. Mulholland to Parly st. worked. read:— and refered to the mayor
Petition of , & 18 others <​for the repeal of the Hog. law.​> read.— moved to lay petit[io]n on the tab[l]e.
C. T — would rather the be <​petition​> be refered to a commttee. .— would rather give 10 bu of corn— per hog than have them run at large.— A. [Alderman] . thought it a bone of contention.
Mayor, gave <​offered​> some of his reasons: <​in favor​> he was afraid no man in the would ever make a fence round his garden unles the hogs are sufferd to run at large [p. 5] and if the people thing <​think​> there is a hog land <​law​> they will not fence— and consequently will be eat up. by Hogs &c from the county &c.— The hog law has made more contention than all the hogs would, if they had been let alone— let the hogs run in the street, and the people make good fences. and phys[ic]ians have given as their opinion that a hog mud hole is a <​the​> most healthy of any damp place. And if we do not let the hogs run at large, the hogs <​& cattle​> from the country will eat the grass &c, of the & we suffer all the evils & loose all the benefit,— empound the county Hogs. & the owner will damn the empounded & the .— and fight again[s]t us. Let the city council, let the Hog & dog laws alone
That man that grumbles a deal about a dogs barking at him he is a great coward.— This is an <​a​> reasson why god withdrew his spirit from the earth. is because the people were so ready to take the life of animals.—
. had not much to say about hog law.—
— acknow[ledg]ed the corn.— approved the mayor remarks—
C. . would Like a law. to prevent keeping any hogs but the grass bread.—
, thought hogs ought to be free commoners.
—— spoke.— suggested to take time to look if <​over​> the laws before reporting <​granting​> petitins
said we have had the hog law and tried it. and is not aware there is very <​any​> less hogs,— C
Mayor.— remarked improvement in breed of hogs should should be made as in other cases, by public opinion.— said he was so much meaner— than a dog a dog—
. was certain the voice of the inhabitats of the were in favor of th hog law and and <​of​> having them <​it​> enforced.— that it was the poor who suffurd from the richer class keeping hogs.
C. . said, he thought there was 8/10th of the people were in favor of having hogs shut up.—
Mayor, said it was the principles of demoracy [democracy] that the peoples voice should be heard when ther voice was just. but— when it was not just it was no longer democratic, but if the minority’s views are more just, then Aristarchy would be should be the. governi[n]g principle, I.E. the wisest & best. laws. should be made. when . & will call caususes [caucuses].— & explain the subject to them— then we will hear them, & they can petition understandingly.— [p. 6] and beleived if he could explain the subject, that 99 of a hundrd would vote to have no hog law in this from it birth to its death. cannot believe in the doctrine of exalting the Majority when it must be brought about by, depressing the Minority.— in a greater degree spoke at considerable length. and would rather not tax a saddle hores than tax a dog— or shut up a hog.
25 minutes before 1. adjord [adjourned] 1 hour
1 o clock P. M.— council called
Quorums present, Motion to lay the Petitin on the table withdrawn motio it be Petitiond rejected.—
Petitin to grade river Hill North end of well at refund to Mayor.
Petition for opin[i]ng an alley thrugh 118, North & South. . & others owners.— Mayor suggested that the owners could open it at pleasure— by agreement.— objected. and spoke in favor of the petition.— . said he presumd the parties could could agree.— Leave to withdraw Petition
Mayor spoke.— on various subjects.
<​Treasurer​> Dr to — 375. acc passed.
Petition of . to his Endor[s]ement on City scrip for taxes, be ordrd to be allowed by the read twice Explanation by .—
Marshall explained.—. said he was in the same situation, & <​it was orde[re]d​> all the assessors endorsemets on scrip shal be allowed by the
Acct Bill of. ,— acct 44.00 <​$4.00​> refurd to Com. on claims
Mayor proposd to License Morrison &c <​to <​who​>— own the land opposite.— <​to​>​> make wharfs and collect wharfage.— & dispencd with wharf master.— that pay a tax of so for the landing of evry boat and he could tax the boat or not.
" . spoke.— no motion before the hour
C. .— spoke.— Do
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acc <​Bill​> of . for printing.— Blank tax recipts & assessing &c— $45.85. cts.—— allowed.
Motiond and carrid, that the committee on Municipal laws. be instructed to examine the wharf tax. relative to Boats, and reprt a bill, for an ordinanced to suit the case.——
Account of for burying a horse,— read referrd to Mayors Court.—
Motind [Motioned] & carrid that the be authrizd to audit , Marshall. an order <​account​>. for pay for his service. on the ,
Adjournd till next reguler Meeting
The has allowed . Marshal $64.25 for sundry services as marshal and assessor & collector— in 4th Ward.
13 April 1844 • Saturday
April 13th 1844. 10 AM.
Regular Session
Names of Members called. sworn as counseller, Quorum present. elected Prest. Protem.— Minutes of last council read and approved. Mayor took his seat.
Bill of $22.00 refred to committee on claims
Bill of .—— read.——
moved that esqr— be appointed city Atorny.—
. proposd an <​to​> <​havve an​> ordinan[c]e on this subject.
A. — spoke.— by explanation &c.—
.— suggested that the city attorny have his office with the s
Mayr of council proposed to the council to stick to the Motion before the house for the furtue [future].—
Motion carried.— . elected city Attorney.
Ordinance on duties of city Attorney read.
, proposed that the city Atto[r]ney hold his office [p. 8] with the and <​that​> all papers originate with the Atoney, thought the salary not a sufficient inducement. sugested the ordinane be repealed.
suggested the Idea of the parties litig[a]nt, paying the Attorny or the one who breaks the ordinace.—
remarkd (that the counsel take such a course as will protect the innocent,— that in many cases. he would get his pay of the individual employing. that the appointmet would. be a valueable considerable considration, and for. 1 year perhaps a salary <​of​> $100; would be sufficent.— perhaps 150, the next year.— &c increasing as the increases. and if $100 would not satisfy, we had better have an <​no​> attorney, would rather give his services as counseller. &c than levy a tax the people are not able to pay. and that eve[r]y man ought to be willing to help prop the . by bearing a share of the burdn till the was <​is​> able to pay, a higher salaray.— his opinion was that the officers of the be satisfied with a very small salary.— had never received $25.00 for his services, but the peace he had enjoyd in the rights & liberties of the had been ample compensatin Suggestd the proprity of a clause in the ordinace to be made of authorizng the city Attorney to claim fees of parties in certain cases, and the small salary satisfy the attorny in cases where he can get not fees, from his client.— would rather drop be docked $100 <​in his salery​> than have the 2d hundrd dollers givn to the city Attony by the) .
— had attended almost all the cases of the for the past 2 ye[a]rs and asked nothing for it, approved the remarks of the Mayor.— that evry moment of the mayor had cost one hundrd dollars.—
C. , supposed there were <​or should be​> fixed duties, for the C. Attoney and would like to have an understan[d]ing of these duties in the proposed ordinances— thought $1.50 cts might be compensation for assessors, considering the bargains they might make ahead
proposed curtailing some of the city officers fees.
spoke— <​said​> that it was not the amount of salary he [p. 9] anxious for, but for the honor of the there should be an a city Attorny, & would be satisfied with 100. or any sum which the council think proper.—
moved that the ordince on city Attorney— be refrred to the comitte on Municipal laws— with the additi[o]n of 1 member and that comittee repo[r]t. on the duties & fees of the city Attorny.
on motion was added— to the committee
was find $5.00— for not rising when He addr[ess]ed the house.—) <​Mayor Decided that all cost, arising in— be collected as in other suits.—​>
Mayer proposd the counesl [council] take into consideration the payment of the police.—— proposd a public meeting for the payment in each ward to see if the people will pay the police, & if they will not— then the council will take the case into considerati[o]n
moved the assessors and collecters be a committe to get up there meeting & make collections.
suggstd we should <​then​> have another .—— and objected
Moved & secd. & caried that the Mayor & be authorized to call Meeti[n]gs in the differet wards, and collect funds to pay the police, for their services the past season.
Mayor, said he would get up meetings— until the peoplle would pay, the whole—
that he had called upon the to do this thing but the would not serve until it was acted upon by the council— I <​&​> told the to do this and he came back & said he would not do it.—
Adjnd [Adjourned] till next regular session, <​at​> 1/4 past 12.—
29 April 1844 • Monday
Monday April 29th 1844.— Special Session called by the Mayor
3 oclock P. M. members called no quorum.
1/2 past 3 a Quorum Present was chosen President Pro tem. Reading of the minuts dispensed with
Petition of Christophr Keegan for opening Green St from his hous south & read & granted [p. 10]
Repo[r]t of the committe on claims of for $22.00 for his services in Listing <​assessing​> property &c in 1st ward accepted and the account allowed.—
Moved seconded and carried that take the plac[e] of during his absence this season, also: the place of , the place of , the place of , the place of as councillors in the city council,— And as alderman in place of
s fine for absence last summer was remitted
Bills of & were laid over to next council.—
the Recorder was permitted to change his surety , for .—
Petition of Elizabeth Taylor. & six othe[r]s. for opening Lumbard St. from Golden St to Horner St. granted
at 5 council adjournd.—
11 May 1844 • Saturday
May 10th <​11th​> 1844 5 minutes pa[s]t 10 A M.
Regular May Sission—
Names of members called.— no Member <​one​> present except the Recorder.— 11 oclock 20 min[u]tes names of members called no quorum—— Coun[c]il adjornd to next Regular Session. 11, 1/2 ocl. A M
8 June 1844 • Saturday
Regular Session—
June 8th 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 counicls 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 Keegan Explaind. by way of objection.— and said it was
. asked if the street had been Surveyed.—
C. [Councillor] said there was no need of a street across Keegans farm, there is no street across <​surveyed​>.—
said if the street had not been sureed [surveyed], 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 othrs <​read and ordreded to be​> laid an 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 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 & compard 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.— referrd to the boys playing, swimmig & visiting shops on the sabbath.— and urged the Coun[c]il to rise up against it, and spoke at considerable length,— on the principles of govrnmnt. & 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 exceise of a wholsome 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 [imprisoned], 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 that 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,
<​X​> Mayor referrd to— — and proposd <​suggested​> the popropriety of purging the city counil first at Nuisan <​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 hereand since, & had done every thingwould 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 I <​he​> had not have stepped forward to prevent 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 expnc mony he had,— to pay it.—
C, continud 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 persns, to kidnap his daughter, & thrnted [threatened] to Shoot any man that should come near after he got him in the skiff— was Engaged in trying to make Bogus <​which​> 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 penst [present] 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 scarc 2 shi[r]ts—— was dandld by the authorities of the .— Now. Editor— of the Expositor— his right hand man who he Confesd to him <​the speaker​> he had had the Pox,— &c—— has lifted his hand againt the municipality of God Almighty, and the curse of God shall rest upon him.
Mr. Washington Peck Sworn— said, soon after came heare said came to him— and wa[n]ted to have <​loan​> some need <​moeny​> <​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 <​witness​> if he would do any thing dishonorable, 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 the 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 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 throu
1 oclock & 12 mi— counil adjind [adjourned] 1 hour
2 " 12 mi names called. no quorum council adjnd for one hour
3 oclock 7, minutes.—
<​ recived his oath of office & took his seat in the counil​>
moved— that Counseller be suspended <​from his office as city counciller​> until his case can be investivated [investigated] for slandering the <​this​> <​council and that the notify him [o]f his suspensins [suspension] and that his case woud be investigated at the next regular session of the​> Council— 2d by— —— and carrid—
,— Expressd his feelings that had helped make the ordinan[c]es of the and neverr lifted his voi[ce] agaist them. in the council.— and was now trying to dest[ro]y those same ordincs & the chapter <​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 p[r]ocure 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 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 instructed to investigate the selling of Liquor— in the .—
objcted 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 repent <​report​>
, said he knwe [knew] where the grog shops were. [u]pon 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, believes a good deal <​of Liquor​> drunk at 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 believes.— Lynching of the Negro originated— in drinking.— Saw a glass pourd out at Thompsons but saw none drunk. believed th[e]y drink and Gamble. <​Morris’s House—— on Mulholland St.— Beeches sells by swall [swill?] I am <​as​> inf[or]med​>
.— called for the reading of the ordinane on Spirituous Liqurs ordinance read.— suggested that complaina[n]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 <​&​> throught the police might bring up the ordinances of the , without fe[e] or reward.—
Mayor, asked if
Mayer queried
argued his motion that a house div[id]ed against itself cannot stand,— & drunkard will betray each other
— moved that the petition— of W G. Wilson & othe[rs] be laid on the table and the police be instructed 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 ordered to be laid on the table forever
John S. Higbee— $$38,00. read, refered to Com. on claims
Petition of &. 4 othr read, referrd to the Mayor
An ordinanc conce[r]ning the City Attorney and his duties, read— twice,—
objected to 3d Section— thought,
Or — concured with that complainant ought not to, be compelled to pay for council
Mayor, concurred.— and spoke at length.
spoke.— in concurrine [concurrence]
Mayor Suggested,— that, a bill be got up to give a portion of the fine to the compl[a]int— 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 suggested that 1/3 fine go to Attorny 1/3 to complint [complainant] 1/3 to .— so far as the Mayor has said <​had​> to.— to <​be​> complan<​an​>t, witness, mayor— & every thing else
— spoke.—
.— explaind.—
<​3d Section was Erased and a new one inserted.—​>
Mayor moved that the rules be dispensd with & the 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 appotnd [appointed] a committee to draft— an— ordanine—​>
Mayor Suggested that council pass an ordinanc to prevent misrepresentation of & Libellous publicati[o]n, and wanted a law passed to p[r]event all, conspiracy against the peace of the .—
ordinance read— <​Mayor said he had never made any proposals to to come Back. proposed to come back come to me <​his​> house and wanted a private interviw Mayor said <​told​> him I <​he​> would have no private inte[r]view— had some conversati[o]n with . in the hall, in presince of several.​>
Mayor related to Council Convesation with . and read a letter from .— <​dated​> June 7th and when he left my house he went to a shew 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 full of specie,— and then read <​wrote​> the Letter Just read
, sworn— stated that the conversatin as stated by the mayer was correct,— was prsent May 7th 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 respecting a convesatin at that time, between the Gen & , Gen Smith observed to . if he had a convesation he would want others present, said he would have a word with him by himself— and went into the Hall. was <​went​> to the door, that he might see and hear, what was passing— they still continud to talk on the subjct of a convesation 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 heard all the convesatin.— hea[r]d nothing about Gen Smith, making any offers to to settle— was prsent all the time.——. <​ aske . to talk 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 from 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 thy tend to produce,— and— he had made the statemnts 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 undestood from citizns of )​> he was poor.— and <​Mayner [Mayor]​> hilped him to cloth for a coat before he went away <​la[s]t fall​>— & he labored all winter to get the post office from Bro <​(as informed)​>—
<​Mayor​> Referred to a writing from ,— and Shewing that the Laws presented the communicati[o]n from the female Relief Society in the <​Nauvoo​> Neighbr— was <​to ​> 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 whic[h] 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 though the influnce 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 spirit which has drivn us from &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 Missou[r]ians for the purpose of detroying <​betraying​> me,— came to my gate,— and was preve[n]ted with by who was set to watch comee within my <​his​> gate, and calld Mayor, Alar— and the Mayor rep[r]oved for comi[n]g at that time of night
Swors [sworn] them <​Said​> abut 10 o’ck <​at night​>— a boat came up the river, <​with about a Doz— men​> came to the gate with them. <​Witness​> was on guard— and stopped them,— called Joseph to the door— and wanted an interviw, 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 writtn 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 proposed an adjunmnt [adjournment]—
— read an ordinace concerig libels.——
Mayor suggested the propriety of having a preamble to said ordinance.— chairman said he would add to the committee.— to draft a preamble . . .
C. suggested an additin to the ordince read to prevent attempts to take away our charter. &c.— would <​go for an effective ordinane​>
Chairman enstucted [instructed] the committe to go all lenghts <​to​> <​make a​> full report on the pr[e]amble & ordnace
6. 30 mi— adjnd till Monday <​next​> 10 oclck A.M.
10 June 1844 • Monday
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 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​>, 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]
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 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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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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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 , 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 [] 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 — & 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 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
Minute Entry, Summons • 11 June 1844
Recordrs Office June 11, 1844
Summons was issued for to attend the City Council on the 2d Saturday of July 10. A M. to answer charges then & ther to be preferred vs him for slandering said city council agreably to the order of said council passd June 8 1844
Recorder & C. C. C C [p. 31]
21 June 1844 • Friday
Special Session
June 21, 1844, called by the Mayor
1/2 past from,— 4 o clock P. M.——
Quorum present,—— Pary [Prayer] by ,
Council accepted the minutes publishd in the Neighbor of the 19th inst as true. Affidavit of—
Hiram B. Mount, & John Cunningham June 20, 1844
. & Gilbert Belnap " 18th "
David Evans & William E. Homer [Horner], " 19 "
, , John Edmiston, " 20 "
, Wm Gardner [Garner], & John G. Lofton, " 20 "
Allen Wait. " 20 "
James Guyman " 20 "
" 20 "
Obadiah Bowen " 20 "
Thomas G. Wilson " 16 "
" 17 "
& " 20 "
" 18th "
Carlos W. Lyon " .20 "
May 21 [31] "
, , were appointd to meet the in council—
’s affidavit— read June 28 <​21’st​>.—
Joseph Smith’s affidavit— 21
Letter from Red.
, considerd it a good letterd & movd it be published <​accepted​>— carried.—
voted that his resignation be accepted, Clerk of the counicl [council] was instr[u]cted to preapar [prepare] all necessa[r]y papers. and affidavits ready for the in the morning.—
Council adjornd.— [p. 32]
1 July 1844 • Monday
Special Session
July 1, 1844. 12 A. M
was appointed President of the council. prayed— he then read a communication from by Col. [Hart] Followes, and Esqr— also a communication from them to this city council— also at the request of — he read a letter from to at — he then addressed the city council and read a series of resolutions— motioned by that they pass— and by to pass by sections— 1st carried. 2nd. carried— 3rd. carried. 4th. carried. 5th. carried.—
stated that there would be a meeting this evening at 4 oclock of the inhabitants of the so that they may approve of these resolutions—
moved an adjournment
Some letters from , read a letter from — another from . E. A. Conger [Enoch Conyer] John Wood, & another from
Councillor said it ought to mention for all the whole establishment of the Nauvoo Expositor
thanked all the writers but one, respond to the others, & <​would​> do what is right.
“Resolved that we tender our thanks to Esqr for his proposition to Settle for the “Nauvoo Expositor” Printing Press, <​&c​> and also tender our thanks to Messrs Wood & Conyers for their endeavors to restore peace. as to the press we will do whatever is right towards a remumeration. “Whenever we ascertain the minds of all the proprietors of the Expositor” Moved by that the resolution pass— and it was carried. Moved that be appointed to treat with the Proprietors of the said Expositor— and carried.
Moved that Mr James be heard on the subject of the citizens at and he spoke accordingly— he attended at the meeting— and spoke on the protection of the peace, & support of the laws, they looked on the outrage with detestation and abhorrence, and they would use none but lawful means to bring to Justice the assassins. [p. 33] that they would sustain the laws, and keep the peace, was the opinion of the general Meeting at
moved an adjournment and carried—
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2 July 1844 • Tuesday
July 2d 1844 6 oclock P M
Special Session
Alderman — was elected Presidint Pro tem.—
Prayer by
Spec[i]al businss of the council cal[l]ed for by vote <​spoke​> I take <​took​> the liberty of calling this Council for the purpose of setting before them the state of the people. & the Legion for the purpose of Securing Means, as provision are Scarce indeed. and as there is some murmuring amongst the Soldiers for some of them only can get one meal in a day or two days and in such a state of things it will not last long for if a man has the spirit of a soldier it will rise and of course they will take where they can get— therefore I thought it was best to send some people to the Territory & for there we can get plenty of provision as will put us pu over till the harvest.
<​x​> .
. said that they had a few acres of wheat which would soon be ready if peace was obtained and he calculated to bring it here to supply the inhabitants
<​x​> . all donations given into the should go to the Bishops for the support of the poor for we are commanded to look after the poor— and what is obtained by loan should go to the support of the Legion—
The Legion was called together to take measures for the sustenance of the poor till the Twelve come. Motioned. seconded & Carried that the high council be a commitee to collect means to provide for the support of the poor, for the present. Motioned secd & carried that the inhabitants sustain them in this calling and give them all information in their power— this was carr[i]ed unanimoously— [p. 35]
Moved & Seconded <​& carried​> that Chas Patton & Wm H. Jordan <​& L. S. Dalrympl [Lewis S. Delrimple]​> go to & L. S. Dalrymple were appointed commitee for
Moved & carried. that & D. M. Repsher & Cap[t] Ross. be appointed commitee for the North
Noved [Moved] & carried that Benjiman [Benjamin] Clapp go to the east & also Bro . were appointed commitee for th[e] <​ea[st]​>
Moved & Carried that a Commitee be appointed to negoci[ate] to get means for the present emergency of the army <​moved & carried​> that . . & Wm A. Gean [William A. Gheen]. be the Commitee
. as for myself I think it would to look after the provision as there are many poor people in thi[s] besides the soldiers—
. I think it would be necessary to give these some instructions how to get provisions whethe[r] by contribution or any other way or by loan. I know there are more people more so in want than many of the soldie[rs] out in my part east
. I would like to know if it is for the poor or for the Legion entirely that the provision[s] is for. I am aware & have a knowledge that there is a great many in want, besides the Legion, & they would require something to keep them, or else they will have to leave the plac[e]
. that when these men go for the provi[sions] that they go through the hands of the city council, o[r] the Marshall or . & then to the officers of the different Regits. to distribute amongs[t] their men so that there might be no murmuring amongst them. as there is prospects of peace now let some of the people go to harvest, for it will open up a Communication amongst the inhabitants round about so that they might be enabled to support themselves [p. 36]
. I concur with Bro in what he has stated. notwithstanding that many of the Legion. especially the artillery. said they had no means at present to obtain any provisions. I thought it was the duty of the Bishops to look after the poor and endeavor by all means to get some— little for them.
Moved & carried that the council adjourn
8 July 1844 • Monday
Monday July 8th. 1844. 1 oclock P M.
Special Session—
names of Members called, . Ald.— chosen Pres. pro Tem. Prayer by .
requests the to read the communication of to .
. said you all know the circumstance which was occassioned yesterday at the stand by some persons on acct of coming to this . was deputed by this Council to transact business on their behalf— & he pledged his all that he would be responsible for & see that he was <​be​> protected till he sees about his property here & & gets it exchanged or have it in the hands of on some one to act as proxy for him.
. then read a letter from Dr to the City Council
— said I used all the influence & I had & the statement being there & here I think an agent can transact all his business & as there is debts owing to the Mayors office it also Can be arranged & put in and an Agent can do all that is wanted & he can go away and not be assassinated & there is so Many Men here which is so exasperated that I think his life would not be in safety [p. 37]
. I would just state what I know in the first place I went to to see the Higbees & then to & had some conversation <​with​> him concerning the matter, he said he had a letter from the to as he wanted to com[e] here to settle himself as a citizen and transact his own business & if he can not live here in peace & go away & if he can not sell it he is willing to exchange it for other prop[erty] I tried all I could to get him here on my own pledge of for his safety & not have a company from to come in with him from <​for​> his protection & it was with much difficu[lty] he consented to come here under my charge— is now in waiting for an answer to see what is to be don[e]
— said he <​​> is the one is <​was​> the first who brought on all this trouble & the ernormouse expense which this community has been under & I think it is giving him too much honor to give him any more protection more than any other person, for he has been the person who has brot up all this excitement of this pleople (& not only so) but a[lso] the world.
. concurred fully in statemen[t] said if he looses his property <​he​> has brought it on by his own conduct & of course he must suffer the loss.
. Sustained the conduct & approve of the cour[se] of & discharge him from <​all censure​> bringing to this . & that he still continues to underta[ke] & try & make a settlement with the proprietors.
— again— spoke a great length on the conduct of and the course he has taken—
Moved. by & seconded & carried that receive a vote of thanks for the honorable course he has pursued in reference to — & that he be requested to continue his— agency relative to the press of the Nauvoo Expositor—— [p. 38]
— relative to the press when we sat in council & let that suit be put into the law by either party & I think it would cost $1500. or 2000. costs & paying their attorney. & it is my opinion that duty is not done—
— in regard to the press & the agency of & that he receive our thanks for what he has done & let him negociate with the proprietors, & when we declared that printing Press a Nuisance and I never thought we would have to pay for destroying it— but whatever the laws is. we will be amenable to the laws & we will settle for it
— said it had never entered his head that he would have to pay it & he concurred in the statement of .
— Said it was in his mind that we would have to pay for the press & perhaps More, & damages. if men would take the right way of it, the easiest way is the best & if we pay for it & not let it go into law— for doing so we will find it all the best,
. spoke again relative to the payment of that Press.— these Nuisances, or any other house, or slaughter house if they take it away. or removes it, they are under the necessity of paying for it.
— said the can do as He pleases <​about keeping a watch about ​> & that we the city council <​had nothing to do with it​> that if he chooses to appoint his own agent to look after his affairs we will look after his property just the same as we have done heretofore—
— said I am well pllas <​pleased​> withe the conduct of & as for s property some time ago. Bro Joseph said to me that I had better buy it. & I bought his property at that time for he was in a very ragged condition & not fit to travel with & Bro Joseph give him the loan of $100— [p. 39]
13 July 1844 • Saturday
July 13 1/2 p 10. 1844
Names called— Ald. appointed chairman— reading of the minutes dispensed with. No business being brought forward— meeting adjourned until next regular meeting—
meeting again called to order by
spoke as to keeping up the Police & the wants the autho[rity] of this council to provide food for them.
enquired if there was any ordinance to pay the police— if there is no provision of that sort made— it ought to be.
The knows of no ordinance regulating pay of the police
thought there was some resolution, authorizing the mayor to employ the Police and to regulate their pay.
Resolution made by the
“Resolved by the City Council of the City of that Marshal of said , be and is hereby authorized to draw on the Treasury, for any sum not exceedi[ng] two hundred dollars of any monies not otherwise appropriated, or if necessity require, make a loan of the same, for the purpose of supplying the City Police with food.”
Moved & seconded that it be adopted & adopted accordingly
spoke in regard to an abundance of food passing our doors while a number of persons are starving to death— why not extend our powers to catch the fish and feed the poor—— dont let the peop[le] cry aloud for food while thousands are passing daily. I simply through out this as a suggestion— will there be any more harm to take advantage of the <​re​>sources of the — than sending the committees all round the world to gather in food for the
this is not an idle suggestion— if a little exertion is ma[de] it will be of great benefit.
said the committees were sent out while we had 500 troops under arms— as we have the police to find food for— they can speak
handed in a bill of to the amount of $40 which was allowed.
Counsel then adjourned until the next regular Session Second Saturday in Aug[ust]
Recorder [p. 40]
10 August 1844 • Saturday
Regular Session. August 10th 1844.
10 o clock A M.
Names of member, called, Quorum Prest.
Elected prsidnt Pro tem—
Prayer by — Minutes of preceedig unacccepted minutes read & accepted
Petition to erect a water mill opposite .—
moved it Lie on the table
<​C. [Councillor] — objects to grantngs​>
proposd grantng the petiti[o]n
scnded [seconded] the motion. & it was ordrd to lie on the tabl[e].
Petitin of Reuben Atwood <​& 14 oth for openig Ann St​> granted from water stre[e]t, to corporation line,— read & granted.
voted that the or the Estate of Gen Joseph Smith be allowed the sum of $16.30 <​$16.70​>— to Satisfy for s Boa[r]d bill,
An ordinance corning [concerning] Brothels & disorderly charatrs [characters] read twice. 3d time by its title, & passed.— satsified with its title
<​A Report of——​> The attendence of the City council &c. from Feb 10th. 1844 to Aug 9. 1844 inclusive. Total $429.15.— acecpted & ordrd to be paid,—
. Marshall, stated, that he had made a setlemet with —— on an action <​suit.​> &c and the council voted to sanction the proceeding, of the marshal.
Ald referrd to settling for the Nauvoo Expositor said he had been told by that the whole could be settld for $800, if the money could be forth coming.— or security to be paid soon.
Ald. .— wished the the press might might be settled.——
C. . said if they were to proce[e]d with the riot part: he would go in for their waiting till they could get it, but if they would take $800 or 1600, and stop all procidings they would go in for it. [p. 41]
Alde Explaind.— and spoke of the good charactre of the if and.—
Council .— wanted to settle for the press. if the parties will indemnify the city council for <​from​> all further suits
Movd & secnd that be instruc[ted] to Sittle for the Nauvoo Expositin [Expositor] so soon as the proprioters of the press— will indemnify the city council for <​from​> all all further suits suits commencd or to be comnsced by them or their ifleuce [influence] in future time. on the prsnt [present]. instance.—
referrd to Esqr [John] Woods— bill also for attending to suits of Gen Smith at .—
Esqr Wood said he did not feel disposd to brnig [bring] in a bill but leave it to the generosty of the coun[c]il, and requested the council to consider Mr Rieds. acc[o]unt.
proposed <​Moved​> Mess Ried. & Woods presnt their claims <​Bills​> to the committe of claims,— scned by , <​To be reported at the next regular meeting.—​> carr[i]ed unanimusly
Adjond [Adjourned] till 2 o clock.
2. P. M. Council assembled according to adjournment. Names of Members called, Quorum present.
voted <​to​> reconsidre the vote of the morng on the petetion of .—
Moved by C. to grant the petition, of if it interfere with no others rights or privliges.
.— replied.—
2d.d. and carried.
Petition of Davis McOlney, & 20 othrs of the police read—
proposed that an ordinance <​action​> be had,— and was ready to enter into any measurs which were wise. & would be necessa[r]y [p. 42]
Coun. .— would pay the Police gold & silver if the <​​> were able— but they were not,— and suggested that certain men might be found to buy the scrip if they could have an interest attached to it, also suggestd a voluntay tax of the people to be collected by the bishops.—
moved that some of the counil propo[s]e to the people a voluntay <​on the manaul tax,—​> tax. on the
C. enquird the amount due the police
A. ,— said the present taxation amounted to the extent of the charter,— and that a voluntay tax or contribution was the only means according to s motion.—
proposed to comme[n]ce in the counil and said.—
$5,00 paid
5,00 paid
5,00 paid
. 2,00
a coat & hat.
5,00 paid
Daniel Repshan 10,00
1,00 paid
1,00 paid
1,00 paid
suggested the propriety of changing the plan of having a police by voluntary watch, and exchange from night to night.
. said he spoke in favor of releiving the present distress of the Police for what they have served &c
$2,00 <​$1,00​>— paid
, 2,00 note of Nathan Tan[n]er, paid
, 1,00 paid
Marshal reported that there was no money in the Tresury and that he had loaned about $70. for the police. [p. 43]
inqurd if the had not been instructed to get up meetings in the wards to raise funds for the police.
said he had been so inst[r]ucted & done what he could but could raise nothing
, said proposd giving an interst on <​in​> scrip, for 1 year
A. <​C.​> , <​​> ,— proposd lowring saleriess
offerd his dues as coucell
. Do
— Do
$10— on his sala[r]y
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, of the police, said the police had considird the subject that they were willing to watch the , while it was necessary & all they wanted was to live, while they did it,—
thought high salaries were good to prevent try men—— it was a & learn their liberality— Did not want the old police broken up— it was establishd by the former Mayor.
, was willing to serve as police if He could only, live and they were going to gaurd their till they get all, then they rest might guard it till they got it back again.—
moved that the council pass a resolution to add pay 10 pur cent interst on scrip suffic[ie]nt to pay the police.—
, concurred.
thought interest added to the scrip would not give any relief to the police.—
nominatd for Mayor till next Election. 2d by. . & carrid unaisouly [unanimously],— and he accepted,
A bill for an ordinance concring [concerning] city scrip to pay the police, read twice,— [p. 44]
, objected to the bill,—
proposd to defer action on the bill till a <​the​> subscrptin [subscription] go through—
Bill orderd to be laid on the table
Movd by that the Bishops offere the subcriptin to the diffrnt wards——
Ald proposd suggested a variation
. said we have a mayor and he has charge of the police,— and referred to the unruly boys swimming & Ri[o]ting
<​[B]ill​> An Ordince to amend and ordince, entitld an ordinance regulating the fees. and compensation of the Several officers & persons therin Mentind passd Jan 14th 1841 <​1843​>.— read.—
Moved by that the blank be filld with 2,00
— moved— $100— & carrid.—
Moved by Mayor that , be Clerk of the Mayrs court carrid.—
I. . do solemnly swear in the presance of Almighty God that I will support the constituti[o]n of the & the state of . and excute the duties of the Mayors office. in the City of according to the best of my ability
Aug 10. 1844
The to his seat as presidnt of the council
Bill regulating the salary of Mayor & Aldermn. & Counllr passd
Resignation of as Aldrman of the accepted.
Voted that the <​pesrnt [present]​> Assessor & Collecters of the city of . for 1843 be the assssors & collectors, for 1844
Voted, that the return the books of 1843 to the assessor & collectors,— & instruct them to proceed immediately to assess the property of the and levy a tax of one half per cent, for the year 1844.
voted— the counil adjourrnd. [p. 45]
14 September 1844 • Saturday
Regular Session. Sept 14th. 1844 at Eleven oclock— A. M.
Names of members, called, Quorum Present
Prayer by Mayor
Petition presented by for the sum of $34.50c which was lent for the benefit of the
. There was a Matter presented before us, that is, the claims of Mr [John] Wood for his Services to Joseph Smith
Moved & seconded that the committee were dismissed from any further claims <​action​> on the claims of Mr Wood
Moved & seconded that the council have nothing to do with the petition for it belongs to the .
Moved & secd. that the Bill be allowed
Moved & seconded that Jonathan C. Wright be elected Marshall
Moved & seconded that Jonathan C. Wright act as assessor & collector in the place of
Moved & Seconded that be <​elected​> Recorder of Deeds
stated that the old police was about to <​be​> broken up (see last council)
I still hold the same idea that the old police be kept up as they have been on duty for a long time, the same as I stated at last council meeting [p. 46]
— said that there is one or two of the police sleeps at his house at nights while he is on watch & I say to them there is my house & my bed for you & also my table is read for them if required
Motioned & seconded that the be a committee of the three <​be​> appointed to confer with the trustees <​of the church​> relative to paying the police
Moved & seconded that & & be the committee appointed for that purpose
speak of the police that it is of natural importance that this body should be kept up & I think if the inhabitants of <​the​> different wards would have meetings in their neighborhoods to see if they would allow themselves for a small tax put on each of them for the purpose of keeping up the police for it is right that these men are sustained & they are willing to go any length for the safety of the
Moved & seconded that the committee of three that was appointed council together for the best means of sustaining the police or of choosing new police
. said all that the is worth nothing & it would be a good plan to see if trustees could donate any things or a piece of land <​or property​> that could be sold for the support of the police
. said that he would like to see the clear of debt & that if the trustees for would donate a piece of property he was willing to give half a lot for the support of the police [p. 47]
<​reported​> I called on the Higbees & one of the Fosters <​at appenoose​> but I dont see that any thing can be done with the Laws & Fosters but I am going to on thursdays <​&​> I will see when I can lay before him what this council decides on
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An ordinance concerning the Register of deeds. & for other purposes.
Sect 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of that the Register of deeds before entering upon the duties of his office <​shall be sworn and​> shall give a bond with security to the in a penalty of two <​Five​> hundred dollars that he he will faithfully execute & perform the duties of said office & deliver over the books & papers of belonging to <​the​> said office to his successor in office without defaltcation or delay
passed Sept. 14th. 1844.
Moved & Seconded that & Edmund D Wooley be appointe to prosecute a settlement as far as possible for the press it was also Moved & secded. that he have discretionary power
Moved & seconded that the assessors & collectors of taxes be allowed one dollar pr day
Moved & seconded that be elected councillor in place of .
Moved & seconded that this meeting adjourn until the next general session [p. 48]
Report on J[ohn] S. Higbees accont [account] accpted accot allowed
C. D. S. <​​> suggested that coun[c]il pass an ordinace to prvent misrepresentatn of and Libillous publacations
Committee be appointed to attend to the wharf
12 October 1844 • Saturday
Regular Session
Octr. 12. 1844
20 min. past 10. A. M.
Names of Members called Quorum present Mayor
Meeting opened by prayer by
having made some remarks as to his being re-elected assessor and collector for the year 1844 but on account of sickness that he had not yet commenced his duties as such assessor
It was the unanimous voice of the council that he continue in his office as assessor and collector until he resigns his office.
Coun. read a Petition from the City Treasurer complaining of his not being able to obtain from the City Auctioneer Charles Warner any returns of duties It was moved and seconded that Charles Warner be discontinued from his office and that be elected in his stead
Co. rose to make some remarks relative to the City Scrip and stated that it would be a good plan if any means could be made to redeem what is already issued, when,
It was resolved by the City Council of the City of that the be instructed not to issue any more City Scrip unless he receive an order from the City Council
Moved and seconded that the Marshall go and bring the High Policeman , and the City Treasurer to this Council which was carried
Moved and seconded that the foregoing motion be reconsidered, when It was resolved That the financial committee be instructed to see and instruct him concerning the City Scrip [p. 49]
Co. rose and read An Ordinance concerning Spirituous Liquors which was read twice.
moved an amendment be made to the 2nd. Sect. which was carried— Bill read a 3rd. time— when the amendment was made that it read instead of 200 to 400. that they be fined “not less than $25. and not more than $400. which was carried—
Motioned and carried that the attend upon to assist him in the Law Suits which were pending against [the] City Council in which they gave & s note of <​$​>100. to , one other note of 513.75 to , also two other notes to , one for <​$​>30 and the <​other for 81.25​>
Motioned and carried that the be responsible for the amount which the Committee appointed to settle for the Nauvoo Expositor in which they g[ave] & and others note of 100.00 to , one other note of 513.75 to also two other notes, one for 30.00 and the other for 81.25 to alltogether amounting to 725.00
Motioned and carried that the Bill be allowed and the be instruct[ed] and authorised to give the obligations for the same borrowed from Julia Ann Vanorten, amounting to 75.00
Motioned and carried that this meeting adjourn until the next genera[l] session
9 November 1844 • Saturday
Regular Session
November 9th. 1844
Names of Members called a Quorum present
Meeting opened prayer by .
Coun. was sworn in and took his Seat in the Council
Petition of and 101 others to open Warsaw Street South of Parley Street to the — read— and referred to the Committee of Streets
spoke relative to additional land to the burying ground when it wa[s] Motioned that it be referred to the committee of public grounds— [p. 50]
Motioned and carried that Co. be chairman to the Committee of Public Grounds.
Motioned and carried that the vacancy in the Committee of Public Grounds lately filled by be now filled up, when Co. was appointed in his stead.
Motioned and carried that be instructed to appear before the Council and give a statement in regard to the burying ground—
Petition of and four others “that Hodgkiss Street may be opened from Warsaw Street West one Block” read, and referred to the Committee of Public Grounds—
Motioned and carried that confer with the Committee of Public Grounds relative to the burying ground, and relate the same to the Council—
Co. motioned that the Petition for opening Warsaw St. South to the be called up again and reconsidered— which was done, when he proposed that a Committee be appointed to go, see, and locate the Street which would be the best to open, when , & were appointed to be the Committee to view the best road.
Co. reported that the Committee had conference with relative to the burying ground— he said that the lots were all sold, that some were paid for and others not. that he had been instructed to fence it in by the proceeds which he received from the Sales, and he stated that if it was necessary he would give a statement of all the Sales—
presented two bills due to amounting to <​$​>43.43cts. which were referred to the committee of claims— and was by them allowed.
presented a bill due to S[amuel] M. Marr amounting to $37.00 which was referred to the Committee of Claims, and was by them allowed—
presented a bill amounting to $15.69 which was referred to the committee of claims, and was by them allowed.
Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of that all ordinances or parts of ordinances in relation to Swine are hereby repealed.
<​A​> Bill was presented amounting to $228.82 due to (the deceased Marshall) which was referred to the Committee of Claims and by them allowed
It was motioned that Co. be added to the Committee of Claims & carried
Co. presented a bill amounting to $10. due to which was referred to the Committee of Claims and by them allowed
Motioned and carried that the bill pass, relative to having a Slaughter house in the City of .
Adjourned for one hour— [p. 51]
Novr. 9th. 1844
Adjourned meeting met pursuant to the adjournment
Motioned and seconded that the Ordinance relative to Spirituous Liquors pass, with the amendment by Co. pass, which was carried.
Motioned and seconded that the 1st. Sec. be stricken out which was carried
Motioned and seconded that an amendment be made to the 2nd. Sect. & carr[ied]
Motioned and carried that the Bill do now pass—
Motioned and carried that the Marshall give receipts for the taxes marke[d] Paid in the assessment book of — and keep an account of the sa[me]
Motioned and carried that Co. , , and be a select Committee in drawing up an ordinance
Motioned that we adjourn to the next regular Session. carried.
14 December 1844 • Saturday
Decr. 14. 1844 20 min past 10
Regular Session
Names of Members called— a Quorum present— Prayer by Councillor read a letter from <​to​> the Representative— — in answer to his letter— Ald. spoke on the behalf of retaining our present Charter and not to give up a good Charter because others whine— the Legislature gave us a Charter to make any law not repugnant to the Constitution— and we ought to keep it—
said we have not transgressed any law— we have done no wrong— if we had, there is a tribunal to bring us before— let us hang on to the Charter— if they take away our rights they shall have the glory of it— and shew to the world that there is no faith in the Legislature
Co. has similar feelings. I never would consent to let it be altered in the least— the has saved Joseph— and we may want it to save ourselves, if one Charter cannot be defended— another cannot— if they do repeal it— let it be to their own disgrace— — the letter be dispensed with—
Motioned and carried that the ordinance relating to Swine passed last Session be stricken out
Letter from Recorder read and accepted
Moved and seconded that be our Clerk for the time being
— do.— do.— that the alteration in [Samuel] Marr & s bills be made as reduced—
— do.— do.— that the bill of be referred to the Committee of claims
— do.— do— that Ald be added to the Committee on claims for the time being
— do.— do.— that the Petition of and two others for opening a Street [p. 52] across Block 69 be made by an ordinance
passed “Ordinance to locate an Alley on Block 69 and other Alleys or Lanes”
Ordinance incorporating the Seventies Library and Institute Association” read 1st. time 2nd. time by Title— 3rd. time—
Co. spoke on the subject— followed shewing that as the gave us powers as large as the — we have power to give same to this Institute— Co. considers that we have power to give to this Institute— as far as right is given to us— let us give right one to another— shall we curtail ourselves because the Legislature wants to curtail us—
— said the Charter includes a grant to a college which goes further than this— we have power to legislate for the benefit & convenience of this if we pass a law for the enlightning of the human family— we do not go against any law— and especially the Constitution of the — or of this this bill is for the diffusion of useful knowledge throughout all the world— Intelligence is the life of liberty— every exertion shall be made to find out Intelligence— we shew good, that there is no evil in the thing—
there is no limit given in <​to​> the power of the Charter— I am in favor of the diffusion of Knowledge—
Ald. differed from in the power of the Charter. we have passed an Act to record our Deeds here instead of going 18 miles— it is for our convenience— and he went into his views of the power of the Charter— but I think the Charter now before us is too liberal and I may vote against it—
had leave to withdraw to go to the High Council
shewed the illiberality of the people of towards us, since the Charter was given us— and no man can shew that he has been injured by this City Council
Co. asked who was going to be injured by granting this Charter and spoke his feelings on the subject—
Co. said we want this Council to grant us the Charter— the University has been a failure— if the Council can make an University— it can make a Library
spoke— spoke— read the Sec. of the Charter relating to the University— and shewed that it came within the jurisdiction of this council—
Passed No. .
Co. wants it to be recorded that voted against it— “because the City Council has no authority to grant it.”
Satisfied by the Title Adjourned for one hour [p. 53]
Decr. 14. 1844
Meeting opened pursuant to adjournment
Petition of and 21 others for permission to to make a dam in the
rose to object to the petition and to shew that an ordinance had been granted to the late Joseph Smith for the purpose— and took a review of the whole— and shewed that to grant this petition would be out of place—
stated that the Ordinance to Joseph Smith was drawn up, and suited Joseph Smith and read the same—
said this Council has no right to operate— for it is already transferred to the Successors of Joseph Smith
Petition lie on the table
Petition of & 4 others to open St. East of Speers St. from Parley to Young Granted
Bill of $5.00 for surveying Speers St. referred to the Committee on claims— they <​reported nothing to do with it​>
Bill of 48.25 for surveying & assessing— do.— allowed
do Grubb & Ritchie 57.81 for Liquor &c to Nauvoo Legion be referred to & .
do. 40.80 for Salted Beef be refd. to the committee on claims (bill allowed for 30.60)
Moved and seconded that the Trustees in Trust be indemnified in their claims on the Carried
do. do. that the Treasurer audit the accts. presented to him by the Trustees in Trust <​and give them receipts for the same​> Carried
Bill concerning Swine read 1st. time 2nd. laid on the table
An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance passed Decr. 8. 1843— passed—
Motioned and seconded that the Committee on Public Grounds have further time allowed to report on the burying ground also in connection with the Old Burying G[round] and be instructed to find out the boundary of the Old burying ground and to make same decent by fencing it out— Carried
Motioned and seconded that the fill up Vacancies of Trustees & Registrar in Nauvoo University appointed Mr. Registrar
<​Trustees​> <​Regents​> , , , , , , , , <​Prof—​> , , , , , , , Jonathan C. Wright, , , , & James M. Monroe—
Moved and seconded that the give orders to the Councillors to the amount of their taxes dues Carried
Council adjourn till next regular Session [p. 54]
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11 January 1845 • Saturday
January 11. 1845.
Regular Session ½ past 10
Names of members called— not a Quorum present
Marshall was sent after absent members
¼ to 11
a quorum present— prayer by
Minutes were read and, <​Col. were,​> satisfied that the minutes remain as they are—
Petition of for the Ferry— be referred to the committee of Finance—
Letter of Recorder be referred to the Committee on Municipal Laws.
wished the Taxes to be collected in the year for which they are assessed
moved that fill s place this day on the committees
Petition of and 26 others for one half of the penalties recovered against parties for breaking the ordinances of the
, there is an ordinance already to that effect.
stated that the Police are for the protection of property—
moved to be referred to the Com. on Police and Co. added to the Comm.
Bill of Danl. Hendrix 71.44 refd. to the Com. on Claims— bill allowed—
Claim of 18.69 allowed instead of 15.69 previously allowed— bill allowed
" Arthur Boxero 2.50 referred to the Com. on Claims— Co. on Claims have nothing to do with it— report was allowed
Report of & on Grubb & Richie’s bill was read
moved that it be accepted— and carried
Bill of G. Williams for 4.04 be refd. to the Com. on Claims— Com. reported allowed— and granted
Ald. stated that the Committee on Burying Grounds— wish an ordinance for the removal of Durphy Street to the West— the burying ground is in the middle of the Street— it will take a Street 2 rods— wide out of one lot— and a little on the opposite side— wish a Street to go round on the W. And S. side of it—
Moved & seconded that an angle strike out before you come to the burying ground
enquired if there was not sufficient land reserved without going on other property—
Ald. <​Co.​> said half an acre was reserved— but we shall have to be at some expence in crowding on other persons <​property​>— and shewed its situation.
spoke— the Council have power to alter Streets at pleasure— this Land is principally Church property— we had better take some definite action. that road looks to me like Sacrilege.
Ald. <​Co.​> — moved that an Ordinance be drawn out— not seconded
moved that a committee go and examine the Records of the Deeds— not seconded
Co. it is proper for an Ordinance to be drawn out— and not to drive over the graves— [p. [1]] it is no use to enquire into Titles, but shun the burying ground for the time being— but draw up an ordinance— for the time being <​to​> go round— no action required till Ordinance is made—
An Ordinance in relation to the ferry across the Read 1st . Time 2 time— 3 time— Bill passed— satisfied with the Title
An Ordinance concerning the burying ground on Durphy Street Read 1st. time, 2 time, 3 time— and satisfied by the Title—
moved that the be empowered to use delinquent <​Street​> labor— in fencing the burying ground.
. As the is enterprising— the should get the Street labor & do it—
if your Honor opens the Street you are authorised to fence the ground—
Ald. we should fence all round, and have no partnership— dont make any jungling business,
Moved and seconded that the fence the burying ground, with delinquent Street labor— subscription from the people— motion withdrawn—
— <​wished to speak, and allowed​> I was sent to Ireland by the Church— An order was made after my departure, and I consider that it is my right to be re-instated— I think I have been faithful— I am now destitute of a situation— I had the burthen of the business at the commencement, and I hope I shall now be re-instated—
its true he went to the Old Countries— he came to me to be reinstated— he was the Recorder of the City Council— Church Recorder— &c There will be a new election and <​it is​> for them to decide— with regard to it— has been appointed— we must reject him to take in if I have labored, and got enough to pay my taxes— and a many have labored for nothing— we have to borrow money almost weekly— I have always attended but never charge any thing— I have objection to him for Recorder of Licences— a man could not get a Licence without paying him 25 cents— he records “did not pay for his Licence—” if there was a Licence place where he could get a penny he wanted it— it is not worth while turning out, to take in gets his pay by Hook or by Crook as he could get it— if the feathers are picked of us, we dont want the down taken of us— I want to see men act from generous principles—
replied, that he went accordingly to Council— and I now claim to be re-instated— the charges cannot be substantiated against me— let it be laid before the congregation, and I venture to say he I will be re-instated, I received the fees that was allowed by the City Council, and no more— I have right and truth on my side and shall continue it boldly.
there is no such thing as <​being​> re-instated City Recorder— if a man is absent— another is elected and read the resolution of appointing Recorder— we cannot turn our present City [p. [2]] without some fault—
Co. — Recorder is appointed by the City Council, and it would be a burlesque to appoint him City Recorder now—
he says misunderstands the matter— I want him elected one of the City Council— for he always talked more than any three other Council, when he was Clerk— I want to raise up the , and not to sink it— I would just as soon <​send​> him another mission, he is as smart <​a man​> as I am— wants dropt, in order to step in— he is eternally for the picayune— he is always seeking office—
moved that ’s petition be rejected— carried.
An ordinance to repeal an ordinance concerning the City Attorney &c read 1 time— 2 time—
said not long since it was considered best to reduce the City Officer’s Salary— we want to curtail the expences and live in harmony—
— I conclude it is a needless expence— it is merely a salary to keep him on hand—
, I am glad— at the time I received the appointment there was a press of business— I expected that when it was done away— that the Salary would be dropt— I never had an eye for the emoluments— I feel just as honorable as if I remained the City Atty.
Read 3 time— Bill pass— Satisfied with the Title
reported <​on the petition of the police​> that the Informant half <​have​> half of the fine & drew up an Ordinance
An Ordinance Concerning fines
Motioned and seconded that the committee be discharged from their duties. Carried—
Bill read 1st. time 2 time by its Title 3rd. time do. Bill pass— satisfied with the Title
Co. — an election is wanted for a fresh Council
Ald. there is an ordinance on the subject.
read a section on the duties of the Policemen— it may be necessary for them to have some printed authority.
reported favorably on the petition of — and it was moved that the Com<​mittee​> be discharged
An Ordinance to amend the ordinance concerning the revenue for a specific purpose <​passed octr. 31. 1842.​> read 1, 2, 3 time passed by its Title— and satisfied with the Title—
moved that we dissolve into a Committee of the whole to take into consideration the Elections of the Judges— and carried.
Ald moved that the election for, City officers be held in one place— carried.
moved that it be held in the music <​concert​> hall or near there— carried.
Ald. nominated , , and — carried [p. [3]]
Chairman reported on the above— and the report of the Committee was accepted. the nom
moved and seconded that the nomination of the Committee be accepted— Bill pass—
“An Ordinance for the discretianary enlargement of the no. of the Policemen—” read 1 time, 2 time by title, 3 do., Bill pass,— satisfied with the Title—
Call the people together on Tuesday at 1 oclock.
. let all agree upon the right thing, and then let it be done—
An act <​ordinance​> for the fencing of the old Burying ground— read 1 time, 2 time, 3rd. time, Bill pass— satisfied by the Title—
we have long been desirous to put an end to all iniquity— and more so now— our enemies are going into a regular system of stealing— let the City Council draw up resolutions— print them— and send them to our friends—
Moved that , , Aldn. — the mayor <​, ​>— and be a Committee to draft the resolutions to deliver to the people the motion was rescinded—
The be instructed to call the Council together at the