Nauvoo City Council, Ordinance, , Hancock Co., IL, 8 Dec. 1843; handwriting of and ; docket and endorsement in handwriting of ; notation in handwriting of ; one page; Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841–1845, CHL.
An Ordinance to erect a Dam in the , and for other purposes.
Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of , that Joseph Smith and his Successors for the term of perpetual Succession, are hereby authorized and empowered to erect a dam of suitable height to propel Mills and Machinery, from any point within the limits of said and below the , and in a proper direction to reach the Island this side of , but not to interfere with the Main Channel of the .
Section 2. And be it further ordained that the said Joseph Smith and his Successors are further authorized to erect North of the aforesaid Island, a Dam, Pier, or Break-water to intersect the Sand Bar above.
Section 3. Be it further ordained that said Joseph Smith and his Successors are also authorized and have full liberty to use the said Dam and Water for the purpose of propelling Mills and Machinery, and shall be governed in their rates of toll, and rules of Manufactory by Ordinance of said .
Section 4. And be it further Ordained that the said Joseph Smith and his Successors, are further authorized and empowered, to use the space within the limits of the said Dam as a Harbor or Basin for Steam Boats, and other Water Craft, And for which purpose they may construct docks, wharfs, and landings and receive such fees for Wharfage as may be regulated by Ordinance of said .
Section 5. And be it further ordained that said Joseph Smith and his Successors, are further authorized to built an embankment on the East side of the aforesaid Island. to connect the said dam with the Pier on the North, and to use the top of said Dam for a public Road or Highway, receiving for compensation from those who cross upon it, such rates as may be allowed by ordinance of said .