. I would just state what I know in the first place I went to to see the Higbees & then to & had some conversation <with> him concerning the matter, he said he had a letter from the to as he wanted to com[e] here to settle himself as a citizen and transact his own business & if he can not live here in peace & go away & if he can not sell it he is willing to exchange it for other prop[erty] I tried all I could to get him here on my own pledge of for his safety & not have a company from to come in with him from <for> his protection & it was with much difficu[lty] he consented to come here under my charge— is now in waiting for an answer to see what is to be don[e]
— said he <> is theoneis <was> the first who brought on all this trouble & the ernormouse expense which this community has been under & I think it is giving him too much honor to give him any more protection more than any other person, for he has been the person who has brot up all this excitement of this pleople (& not only so) but a[lso] the world.
. concurred fully in statemen[t] said if he looses his property <he> has brought it on by his own conduct & of course he must suffer the loss.
. Sustained the conduct & approve of the cour[se] of & discharge him from <all censure> bringing to this . & that he still continues to underta[ke] & try & make a settlement with the proprietors.
— again— spoke a great length on the conduct of and the course he has taken—
Moved. by & seconded & carried that receive a vote of thanks for the honorable course he has pursued in reference to — & that he be requested to continue his— agency relative to the press of the Nauvoo Expositor—— [p. 38]