Warrant, 2 August 1842–B [City of Nauvoo v. Thompson]

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State of Illinois) ss.
City of )
The People of the State of , to The City of the City of , Greeting)
Whereas Complaint has been made before me, Mayor, and one of the Justices of the peace in and for the aforesaid, upon the Oath of Warren Smith, that William Thompson of said , did on <​this​> the second day of August instant commit a breach of <​an​> Ordinance of said , by disorderly conduct, These are therefore to command you to take the said William Thompson if he be found in said , and take and safely keep the said William Thompson so that you have his Body forthwith before me, to answer the said Complaint, and be further dealt with according to Law.
Given under my Hand and Seal, this 2nd. day of August 1842.—
Joseph Smith Seal
Mayor, and one of the Justices of the Peace, in and for said . [p. [1]]
August the 2nd 1842
served on the within named Defendent By Bringing forthwith
Const Cost 38
Const [p. [2]]


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    Ss. is a legal abbreviation for scilicet, a Latin adverb meaning “that is to say, to wit, namely.” (“Scilicet,” in Bouvier, Law Dictionary, 2:379.)  

    Bouvier, John. A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union; With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Deacon and Peterson, 1854.

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    Signature of JS.  

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    TEXT: “Seal” enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    Notation in the handwriting of Charles Allen.  

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    This is rounded up from thirty-seven and a half cents. This fee appears to have been calculated based on an 1827 state law that stipulated constable fees of twenty-five cents for serving a warrant and six and a quarter cents per mile traveled. In January 1843, Nauvoo’s city council passed an ordinance that stipulated a fee of twenty-five cents for serving a warrant and five cents for each mile traveled. (JS, Warrant to City Marshal or City Constable, [2 Aug. 1842], City of Nauvoo v. Thompson [Nauvoo Mayor’s Ct. 1842], Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL; An Act Regulating the Salaries, Fees, and Compensation of the Several Officers and Persons Therein Mentioned [19 Feb. 1827], Public and General Statute Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1837], p. 297, sec. 5; Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 14 Jan. 1843, 143–144.)  

    The Public and General Statute Laws of the State of Illinois: Containing All the Laws . . . Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835; and at Their Second Session, Commencing December 7, 1835, and Ending January 18, 1836; and Those Passed by the Tenth General Assembly, at Their Session Commencing December 5, 1836, and Ending March 6, 1837; and at Their Special Session, Commencing July 10, and Ending July 22, 1837. . . . Compiled by Jonathan Young Scammon. Chicago: Stephen F. Gale, 1839.