History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<​December 9​> his case of Bankruptcy, with Benjamin Covey as Witness, , , , , , and accompanied them to attend to my case, present testimony to the that I was in , at the [HC 5:200] time was shot, consequently could not have been a fugitive from the Justice of , and thus procure a discharge from , on ’s Writ for my arrest. The weather was very cold, and the travelling tedious, yet my—— Messengers travelled 34 Miles, and staid with my brother , who kept a public house at .
Mr. Davis of Bond County introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives at concerning the charter of and urged its repeal.
Mr. Hicks was in favor of “having the State Arms taken from the Mormons”
thought “they had no more than their quota” -[The arms referred to consisted of 3 Cannon or Six pounders, and a few score of Muskets, Swords and Pistols which were furnished by the , to . for the supply of her Militia for common defence, of which, the Legion had received but a small portion, to which it was entitled]- My brother — Representative of , Colleague with , made the following speech in the house in reply to Mr. Davis
Mr. Speaker “I beg the privilege of making a few remarks on this subject. This Sir, seems to be a question which has excited to a very considerable extent, the attention of members who compose this honorable body. But Mr. Speaker, it does really appear to me that this is a question that has been gotten up quite prematurely; for I doubt not, many—— members here, have not yet had the opportunity of learning what privileges are granted in the city charter. The subject which the gentlemand has raised, is only an assumption. I doubt not, that if the subject had been fairly—— investigated, and weighed equally in the balance, by every candid individual in the community, that prejudices of this kind would not have obtained such a hold upon the public mind. In the estimation of genuine democracy the rights of the people of are just as sacred as those of any [HC 5:201] other people. The people that live there, should have just the same privileges extended to them, as are awarded to , , , or any other City in the . It is true indeed, that they have—— labored under many embarrassments. The public mind has been heated in—— regard to what were supposed to be their chartered privileges: But you, Mr. Speaker, are well aware, that all the corporate privileges that they enjoy have been granted to them by a previous legislature. Upon that occasion, all that was done was not considered by any, more than an act of justice towards them. They had no greater rights or privileges given them than were already enjoyed by the Citizens of or . The people have chartered privileges in both of those cities, and we have the same in . Our condition, in that respect, is not at all different from , , and many other chartered cities in this . It would hardly be worth while, Mr. Speaker, to detain either you or this honorable body by making many preliminary remarks in respect to our religion. That is a matter, that cannot at all come under the purview of this legislature. I do not—— fancy myself placed here before a body of sectarians, invested in their own estimation with authority to enact rules for the government or regulation of any sect upon matters of religion. I do not suppose that I stand in the presence of persons disposed to take away [p. 1425]
December 9 his case of Bankruptcy, with Benjamin Covey as Witness, , , , , , and accompanied them to attend to my case, present testimony to the that I was in , at the [HC 5:200] time was shot, consequently could not have been a fugitive from the Justice of , and thus procure a discharge from , on ’s Writ for my arrest. The weather was very cold, and the travelling tedious, yet my—— Messengers travelled 34 Miles, and staid with my brother , who kept a public house at .
Mr. Davis of Bond County introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives at concerning the charter of and urged its repeal.
Mr. Hicks was in favor of “having the State Arms taken from the Mormons”
thought “they had no more than their quota” -[The arms referred to consisted of 3 Cannon or Six pounders, and a few score of Muskets, Swords and Pistols which were furnished by the , to . for the supply of her Militia for common defence, of which, the Legion had received but a small portion, to which it was entitled]- My brother — Representative of , Colleague with , made the following speech in the house in reply to Mr. Davis
Mr. Speaker “I beg the privilege of making a few remarks on this subject. This Sir, seems to be a question which has excited to a very considerable extent, the attention of members who compose this honorable body. But Mr. Speaker, it does really appear to me that this is a question that has been gotten up quite prematurely; for I doubt not, many—— members here, have not yet had the opportunity of learning what privileges are granted in the city charter. The subject which the gentlemand has raised, is only an assumption. I doubt not, that if the subject had been fairly—— investigated, and weighed equally in the balance, by every candid individual in the community, that prejudices of this kind would not have obtained such a hold upon the public mind. In the estimation of genuine democracy the rights of the people of are just as sacred as those of any [HC 5:201] other people. The people that live there, should have just the same privileges extended to them, as are awarded to , , , or any other City in the . It is true indeed, that they have—— labored under many embarrassments. The public mind has been heated in—— regard to what were supposed to be their chartered privileges: But you, Mr. Speaker, are well aware, that all the corporate privileges that they enjoy have been granted to them by a previous legislature. Upon that occasion, all that was done was not considered by any, more than an act of justice towards them. They had no greater rights or privileges given them than were already enjoyed by the Citizens of or . The people have chartered privileges in both of those cities, and we have the same in . Our condition, in that respect, is not at all different from , , and many other chartered cities in this . It would hardly be worth while, Mr. Speaker, to detain either you or this honorable body by making many preliminary remarks in respect to our religion. That is a matter, that cannot at all come under the purview of this legislature. I do not—— fancy myself placed here before a body of sectarians, invested in their own estimation with authority to enact rules for the government or regulation of any sect upon matters of religion. I do not suppose that I stand in the presence of persons disposed to take away [p. 1425]
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