Minutes, 5 January 1844

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Friday January 5[th] 1844 11 A M
Special Session, Names of members called, Prayer by . Minutes of the last 2 councils read and approved,— object of the council stated by Mayor similar to the last council <​wherein​> considered himself & & are in danger.— when he heard the report he was unwilling to believe any thing about it from the course the thing took in the last council.— But for the sake of others he had called this council.
going home the other night was hailed by a policeman and, and <​who​> frightened him, <​A​> Policeman told that & must not cross his tracks. That Warren Smith said at another <​time​> that & were enemies to Joseph.— &c.— I have never thought not even to dream of doing any thing against the peace of this . Did not know I have any enemies. have been at home. heard <​but​> little did not know there was so much evil surm[i]sing in the ,— My long forbearance to my enemies ought to be sufficient testimony of my d peaceful Disposition towards all, It occurred to my mind that it was not fear, but got up for effect, but I do not know it,— I want the council to investigate
sworn testified Monday evening came up & said are you aware of the danger you are in? , No! [p. 36]
, your life is threatened,— A policeman stopped me— in the dark, I was alarmed,— <​​> I supposed the threats were from that policeman— but I was mistaken. another policeman said last Sunday, that Joseph had enemies. that & myself were Joseph’s enemies, & if they come in his way, or they might be popped over <​a fire was kindled in the street near my house, and I thought I was watched,​>
. told me,— and a man in the east part of town, told me. and a man come from the other side of the & told the story, <​to that man as he said​>— yesterday morning , . & met in street,— & I told the story, as before related.
Mayor, did ever any body tell you I was the one who dire[c]ted you to be watched? . No!—
went for — &— [George] Crouse,
, sworn on Sunday 31 dec.— I met Warren Smith in Crouses Store. asked him if he knew who the Brutus was. Smith said he believed , <​was one​> & another, they had better not come in my <​his​> way,— my impression was if they were coming in Did not say he would shoot them or endanger their lifes any way.— Did not know whether there was any private instructions.— or what.— believed was in danger, did not think in danger from Joseph.— thought Smith was under a wrong impression with regard to .— W. Smith said he <​()​> had better not come in my way.— I gath[ere]d the idea there was something wrong with Bro Smith Don’t recollect any person present,— Mayor, Did Mr Smith give you to understand that I had authorized him to believe there was any difficulty, between us, or any other policemen? <​​> No!—
Did not think W. Smith would transcend his official duties, towards .— felt at the time & was in danger— did not think they were in danger if they did not rise up against the authority.— Did not say he had any instruction— said to you have enemies,— My impression was that somebody had been to Joseph to make a bad impression on his mind.— W. Smith did mention name, <​I think​> according to the best of my recollection 30 policemen swrron [sworn] <​all who were present​> Testified that Gen Smith had never given them any private instruction concerning the case before the council
Warren Smith— said asked my opinion, I said from rumor [p. 37] I would suspect , does not believe he menti[on]ed name,— My opinion was founded on rumor. Bro said was in a bad situation, was kicking, and if he did not mind he would go over the board. if he had his property & was away he would feel better,— have heard it talked of that was not going to stand &c &c <​​> did not tell what he was kicking at, think he mentioned Spiritual wife system, &c. I understood a Brutus to mean a treacherous man.— did not believe in it <​the​> <​spiritual wife system,​> & did not believe in it.—
G. W. Crouse sworn.— does not recollect any conversation between W. Smith & , at his office.— relative to the case in question.— had discussion about the duties of policemen.
said it was custom[a]ry for policemen to go armed, in time of danger—
confirmed. ’s observation
C. spoke, told the story of that old Dutchman & the Divil
, sworn.— have heard received the impression from some source that & probably one or wto [two] others could not subscribe to all things in the church, and it might make trouble, don’t know of any ones being endanger no one told me the police had received any <​private​> instruction— could not tell of one <​who ever had mentioned the subject to him​>
spoke,— said he had no personal feeling against Warren Smith,— some 2 or 3 years since he sueed [sued] Bro Warren & staid the suit,— &c was suspicious his <​s​> feelings might have risen from that source
C. spoke.—
Warren Smith spoke
spoke.— spoke.—
Mayor spoke. said no one had come to him with tales about <​to prejudice his mind against Him,​> was totally ignorant, of it,— if any thing had been revealed to him he had kept it to himself, I said <​to ​> if any man approach my house with arms or attempt to force open <​disturb my​> my house, I wanted him to take care of him. Never could bring his <​my​> feelings to take revenge on his <​my​> enemies, The council did not concoct the Idea of having a police. the several wards petitioned for it <​a​> police to protect them against, invasion— wanted citizens [p. 38] to pass the streets at any time of night without molestations, but if the police see a man breaking my house or Barn, <​or any body, house or barn​> tell him to stand and enquire his business. Thought it possible some one had been practicing fraud on the police,— & upon individuals,—
<​proposed​> Let [illegible] <​that​> Bro , & W Smith be dropped from the police if the council consent <​lest they scare some body,​>— dont guard house any more.
Men must <​not​> pervert the power entrusted to them. & referred to
does not know that it was a policeman who stopped <​him​> does not know that the police kindled the fire before his house let the police have canes, Let the citizens pass & repass at all times of night
C. spoke. thought the conclusion drawn up by thought <​that​> Joseph or somebody was going <​to​> get revenge by setting the guard to kill , was the most contemptible that could be imagined. and if had had the respect for Bro Joseph he ought to have had, he would not have done it.
<​ and retired.​>
<​Ordered to be erased Jan 16 1844​>
Mayor referred to ’s testimony. thought had better stay at home & hold his tongue, lest rumor turn upon him, <​did not believe there was any rumor of the kind afloat,—​> thought the young men of the had better withdraw from him & let him stand on his own merits, not consider him the standard, <​of for the —​>
There is a system of things which has been from the beginning which this has grown out off.— and from these individuals are those who do not want a police they want to prowl at pleasure.—
C . spoke in objection to dropping the 2 police mentioned by the Mayor
— said the police were in the hands of the Mayor
Gen spoke.
<​Gen said Bro Joseph I am Josephs friend, he has no better friend in the world I am ready to lay down his my life for him & upon that the Mayor and Gen shook hands​>
said the fire was kindled before by by some men from the North part, <​of the ​> and not the policemen
spoke again, exp[r]essed of his good feelings
. Policemen have always had to learn their duty. hoped not one would get up another tempest in a tea pot, C. apologized—
Ordinance concerning the 40 policemen read twice [p. 39]
Mayor objected to assuming the whole entire disposal of the police, beyond the definition of the ordinances—
, spoke, thought the difficulties with W. Smith & was of a private nature, and did not belong to the Council.—
said he could sleep with a fire by his house
On motion of . <​asked​> that the 2 police be retained and <​the police​> recived the thanks of the Council.—
— said W. Smith did not say he would pop a hole through him.— did not say any body would pop a hole through him. never heard such a thing.—
Council adjourned 25 m past 4 P M. [p. 40]


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