, Bill, to Nauvoo City Council, , Hancock Co., IL, ca. 29 June 1843; handwriting of ; signature of ; endorsement and docket in handwriting of ; two pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, 1841–1845, CHL.
An Ordinance concerning confining or keeping Animals in the City of .
Sect. 1. Be it ordained by the City council of the City of , that if any person shall confine any animal, in any manner, of or place, <within the limits of said > for the purpose of increasing the passions, or ferocity of said animal, for any purpose, or keep any animal knowing the same to be possessed of ferocious or evil habits, whereby the life or limb of any person or animal, may be put in Jeopardy, or in danger of life or limb, by the acts of such animal, such person shall be subject to a fine of twenty five dollars, and the animal may be killed by any person, in any place, without notice.
Sect. 2. If any person shall keep any animal for exhibition, or for any purpose, whereby passions are excited, and modesty, decency, or virtue are affected, such person shall be fined twenty five dollars, and the animal disposed of by the Marshall, for the benefit of the . The fines to be recovered before the Mayor or any Alderman of the .
Sect 3. And be it further ordained, that no animals, except cows, calves, sheep and goats <& harmless & inoffensive dogs,>, shall be suffered to run at large, as free commoners, within the limits of this , under a penalty of from five to twenty five dollars, at the discretion of the Mayor or alderman, and the animals liable for the penalty unless <redeemed>.
This ordinance to be in force from and after its passage. [p. ]