Minutes, 8 July 1844

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Monday July 8th. 1844. 1 oclock P M.
Special Session—
names of Members called, . Ald.— chosen Pres. pro Tem. Prayer by .
requests the to read the communication of to .
. said you all know the circumstance which was occassioned yesterday at the stand by some persons on acct of coming to this . was deputed by this Council to transact business on their behalf— & he pledged his all that he would be responsible for & see that he was <​be​> protected till he sees about his property here & & gets it exchanged or have it in the hands of on some one to act as proxy for him.
. then read a letter from Dr to the City Council
— said I used all the influence & I had & the statement being there & here I think an agent can transact all his business & as there is debts owing to the Mayors office it also Can be arranged & put in and an Agent can do all that is wanted & he can go away and not be assassinated & there is so Many Men here which is so exasperated that I think his life would not be in safety [p. 37]
. 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 the one is <​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]
— relative to the press when we sat in council & let that suit be put into the law by either party & I think it would cost $1500. or 2000. costs & paying their attorney. & it is my opinion that duty is not done—
— in regard to the press & the agency of & that he receive our thanks for what he has done & let him negociate with the proprietors, & when we declared that printing Press a Nuisance and I never thought we would have to pay for destroying it— but whatever the laws is. we will be amenable to the laws & we will settle for it
— said it had never entered his head that he would have to pay it & he concurred in the statement of .
— Said it was in his mind that we would have to pay for the press & perhaps More, & damages. if men would take the right way of it, the easiest way is the best & if we pay for it & not let it go into law— for doing so we will find it all the best,
. spoke again relative to the payment of that Press.— these Nuisances, or any other house, or slaughter house if they take it away. or removes it, they are under the necessity of paying for it.
— said the can do as He pleases <​about keeping a watch about ​> & that we the city council <​had nothing to do with it​> that if he chooses to appoint his own agent to look after his affairs we will look after his property just the same as we have done heretofore—
— said I am well pllas <​pleased​> withe the conduct of & as for s property some time ago. Bro Joseph said to me that I had better buy it. & I bought his property at that time for he was in a very ragged condition & not fit to travel with & Bro Joseph give him the loan of $100— [p. 39]

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