History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Wednesday 22. At home, watching, as the officers from were after me. At 10 A M., <about> 40 Indians <of the Sacs & Foxes> came up in front of the four or five of them being mounted; among whom was Black Hawk’s brother, Kis—Kish—Kee, &c. I was obliged to send word I could not see them at present; and they encamped in the Council Chamber afternoon and night. I was with the Police on duty, <and> saw several individuals lurking round.
Thursday 23rd.— rather better. Read Hebrew with , and Counseled with various friends. At 10 A. M. Municipal Court Met presiding, and <but there not being a quorum present,> adjourned for one week. At one P M had a talk with the Sac and Fox Indians in my back kitchen. They said: “When our fathers first came here, this land was inhabited by the Spanish, when the Spaniards were driven off the French came, and then the English and Americans; and our fathers talked a great deal with the Big Spirit.” I <They> told them I knew complained <that> they had been robbed of their lands by the white, and cruelly treated. I told them I knew they had been wronged, but that we had bought this land and paid our money for it. I advised them not to sell any more land, but to cultivate peace with the different tribes, and with all men; as the Great Spirit wanted them to be united and to live in peace. “The Great Spirit has enabled me to find a book (shewing them a <the> Book of Mormon) which told me of <about> your fathers, and the Great Spirit told me, ‘you must send to all the tribes that you can, and tell them to live in peace’; and when any of our people come to see you, I want you to treat them as we treat you.” At 3 P.M., the Indians commenced a war dance in front of my old house; our people commenced with music and firing [p. 45]