History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , Richard Bentley, and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<March 27> I wrote a <dictated the following> letter to shewing my reasons for believing that he was concerned <concerned> <leagued> with , & & unless he made <see (Copy)> satisfaction to me I should withdraw the hand of fellowship & bring him before the & sent it to him by Dr. , to which I received the following reply <(copy)>
opened Court to try Field [A. Fields] for drunkenness, & abusing his wife; I & fined him $10 & Costs & <required him> to find bail <of $50—> to keep the peace for 6 months
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A Conference held at Johnson’s Creek <Hartland,> Niagra Co. N. Y. 3 & 1 <were ordained,> & <&> 5 added to the .
<28> It is reported <estimated> that the Chinese loss <in their recent war with was> is estimated at 15,000 men, 1500 pieces of cannon, & the <a> greatest portion of their Navy.
<30> In my <the> in relation to a new bond which was presented to me by , which I rejected on <as> account ofbeing informal; & told he might improve his my share of the Ferry one year; & cautioned him, that if he did not consider good for heavy damages, he would be foolish to go <be> his bondsman. afterwards took an appeal to the Municipal Court, to be tried on 10 April.
< returned from having delivered ten Lectures & 3 persons.>
At 1½ pm I was called to sit as Justice of Peace with Alderman , on the case of Webb v Rigby for forcible entry & detainer— during the trial <I <the court> fined> Esqre. twenty dollars for contempt of court for insulting a witness & would have fined him ten dollars more, for <his> contempt of court, but let him off on his submissive acknowledgments, the trial closed about one on Friday morning.
<31> at 10 am I opened Court for trial of Amos Lower for assaulting John H. Burghardt, after hearing testimony fined Lower $10—
<Spent> In the afternoon at Mr. ’s, in company with my brother , , , , & , with our wives, & had a good time & <were> feasted on a fat Turkey.
About 1000 persons are preparing to settle in , & they have apponted <selected> for their rendezvous to organize into companies sufficiently strong to protect themselves thro the Indian Country. [p. 9]