History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<Monday 26> I started as a Prisoner in the hands of — with the Lawyers, Sheriff <of ,>& Posse, staid at [3 words illegible] from thence <> <went>to <a Farm house>Geneseeo a distance of <we travelled> <about> 50 <40> miles travelwhere we <and> staid for the night <at a Farm House.>
rode to Genesseeo with my letter, <&> staid all night
<Although he had arrived there penniless himself>
<Tuesday June 27 <1843>> My <& Children arrived in> returned to this evening, <having> burned off one wheel <arm> of the Carriage coming home.
Many strangers reported in the , the watch doubled in the night.
I started <with the Co> & took dinner at Genesseo about 2 p m we resumed our journey <*>
started before <at> day break & went about 20 miles passing thro andover at 8 a m & about 9 met Captn. <Captn.> & a Co of 10 men to whom he delivered my Message; held a council & forwarded it on to by Philander Colton. < turned back and accompanied <with> the company.>
<* while crossing Fox River I requested to give me the privilege of riding on horseback, which he refused; but by the intercession of Sheriff [James] Campbell & Mr — took my seat in the Stage Coach & I his, in the buggy with <Son in Law, & Law student of > in about two miles we met Peter W. Conover & & shook hands (see * 2349) the night>
<Thursday 29> <see <pages> 4, 5. 6> <) 8 days ago> To the of the City of We, your petitioners Aldermen of said City request you to notify the to call a special meeting of the City Council at the Mayor’s office Court Room this afternoon at 2 o’clock — — Aldermen
City Council accordingly met & passed “An Ordinance (see Neighbor 38 <& copy>) Passage”
they also passed An Ordinance concerning confining or keeping animals in the City of ; also An Ordinance concerning Bathing & swimming.
<29> <on Friday see page 67> -[Inconsultation <consulted> with my Lawyers, <when I <and> told them> who decided that was the nearest place where writs of could be heard & determined, <they examined the subject, & decided I was correct,> when we turned our steps towards , which gladdened my heart at the prospect of soon being in the midst of my friends again; I sent a Messenger to inform the Citizens <of > of the]- glad change— <(see page 5)>
arrived in carrying information that <I> was expected <to be> in this evening or tomorrow [p. 49]
TEXT: This asterisk corresponds to another asterisk on page 2 of the nine-page insertion of Peter Conover’s statement, indicating that the text beginning on page 2 and continuing to page 4, including an insertion on page 9, should be inserted here.