Meeting of City Council as above, Opened by Prayer. Names of the City Council called, Minutes of the last three Meetings were read <& approved of>— Several Petitions were presented, read, & referred to the respective Committees.
<The> Committee of Municipal Laws Reported upon, & Recommended that Went into a <the Adoption of the Petition that> all Brothels or Houses of ill Fame Erected or continued in the City of be prohibited, and by Law declared a public Nuisance.
It was moved Seconded & Carried that the House go into a Committee of the whole, which was done, Colr. was called to <& took> the Chair.
Genl. Joseph Smith spoke at length, & wished for an ordinance to remedy the existing Evil.
Genl. spoke to considerable length to the same effect.
spoke <in strong Terms> in accordance with the Remarks made by the foregoing Members who spoke before him.
Genl. J. Smith again Spoke, & wished <that the Bill for> an Ordinance, amended, as <that purpose as> offered by Col , shd be amended.
The Bill was amended accordingly.
Colr spoke at length in Support of the Bill. Colr. also spoke in Support, & at length.
The Bill was read, as amended.
Genl. J. Smith again spoke to consid[era]ble length.
Genl again spoke, <& amongst other things> agst. Night Suppers, <night> Parties & Balls, & c. &c..
Adjourned for one Hour, at one oC. P.M.
Council came to order at Two oClock, P.M.
took the Floor, & spoke in support of the Bill.
also spoke in approbation of the Bill.
spoke in support, & wishes Bill amended, by leaving the <Penalty> without limitation, or the Bill was amended, Rules dispensed with, & Bill read 2nd. time, the Usual Rules were gone through & the Bill passed.— Title,— “An Ordinance Concerning Brothels & disorderly Characters. [p. 25]