Mormon History, Feb 6, 1845

-- Feb 6, 1845
[Brigham Young Journal] Thursday 6 Br Lorenzo young started for ohio with Lorenzo Snow Br Folk took them in his carage to Lyma I Preached Br Whitney funral Surmon in the consert hall a large congration took dinner with Br Orson Spencer supper with Saria Whitney (1)

-- Feb 6, 1845, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Thursday 6th. ... Evening clothed to offer prayers for Wm. H. & Vilate R. who are both very sick. (2)

[William Clayton Writings] Thursday Feby 6. 1845. At the office all day recording minutes of Council. &c (2)

-- Feb 7, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Feb 7th 1845 I recieved 2 letters from Elder McCuen the Presiding Elder over the Conferences in Herefordshire. 4 m. (3)

-- Feb 8, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 8th I attend the council of officers in Liverpool this evening. A trial was on hand. I descove[re]d the Arch enemy was deeply rooted in the hearts of several men who wer Elders & they were watching for iniquity & on the road to aposticy & through their influence the Council was detained untill one oclock in the morning. Those elders if they do not repent will go out of the church. Gen-nis was the Plaintiff. 4 mile. (3)

[Brigham Young Journal] Saterday 8 attended city councel the old councel desolved & the new councel took there place they proceded to a pont there officers for the citty Br Kimball took dinner with me jest at night we went to Br Chases on the Praira stad all night (1)

[Heber C. Kimball marriage] wife #14. Lucy Walker (Smith), 1826-1910; 9 children, including John Heber "Don", Lydia (Loughery), Ann Spaulding (Knox), Eliza (Woolley), and Washington Heber, time only. (4)

[Nauvoo Temple] William Weeks stated that he felt all the stone for the temple would be cut within six weeks. (5)

-- February 8. 1845
[Nauvoo City Council] City Council Rough Book commencing February 8. 1845. ½ past 10 A.M. - Names of members called, a Quorum present - prayer by Ald. G. W. Harris - Minutes of last meeting read and accepted - A discussion took place on the subject of swearing in the new Council -

G. A. Smith motioned that the 2 Councils sit together till noon"- carried - & then withdrawn

Ald Wells, spoke on the Election- some illegality may have taken place - it must be approved by this Council before they can take their Seats -

Moved and seconded that we hear the Report of our Recorder - and he read same -

" " it be accepted -- and carried -

Ald Orson Spencer, we are satisfied of the Election, and of the Council having taken their Oath of office -

Ald Wells moved "that we approve accept of the Election, and of the new members" and that we request the old Council to remain during the day as a matter of courtesy.

Recorder said there is business on this table, that none but the old Council can attend to -

Mayor suggests that an action be taken on it -

Ald. Wells. said this is the Regular Session - & if the Old Council accept of the New Council, they (the new Council) must do that business -

Co. Young spoke of his time as an old Co. being expired -

Co. G. Miller the Old Aldermen must necessarily act, until the new ones are fully authorized -

Co. Phelps replied - Ald. Harris the old Ald: need no new Commission: G. Miller - the old ones must act until the new ones are qualified - Co. Taylor the Council is complete as there is a majority without the Old -

Co. Phelps spoke, Young requested to know if we are not dissolved - there is no more Old Council - & the new Council must do what they please -

Co. Miller moved that we invite them to stay with us this day -

Ald Harris, it falls on the Old Mayor to ask the new one to take his seat -

Co. Wright I understand it requires a Commission from the Govr. before he can act - I consider the new Mayor cannot act until he receives his authority

Co. Miller dissents from the Ex. Co. Young in regard to a new mayor - If I conceive aright the City Charter - we are a disorganized body without a head - and the Old Mayor will have to act until the new one is qualified & I renew my motion that the Old Co. be invited to remain -

Co. Young moved that the Old Co. be dissolved -

Co. Richards - if I understand it the Old Mayor c Ald: must act, until the new ones receive their commission to act, but the Councillors - when they take their Oath of Office - they can act -

Co. Phelps it only requires a majority of the Council to act - & I move that we invite the Old Councillors to remain with us -

Co. Pratt the Mayor has a right to sit without a commission -

Co. Young said we all appear to be wanting to talk - I am satisfied that the old Co. is dissolved the new roll was called -

Orson Spencer moved "that Danl. Spencer continue to hold his seat until the New Council call upon the new Mayor to take his Seat"- seconded and carried -

Co. Miller moved "that we invite the old council to sit with us this day" carried -

" that we appoint a Committee to wait on them & seat them - carried -

" that G. W. Harris, Orson Spencer & Phinehas Richards be the Committee and they made the request - the report accepted, & carried -

Ex Co. Young returned thanks & they took their Seats again.

Moved & seconded that we appoint Willard Richards to be the Recorder - and carried -

do do A. P. Rockwood to be the Marshall carried

Orson Spencer spoke on the proper officers to continue -

Moved and seconded that we appoint W. W. Phelps be Registrar of Deeds do

" " " Wm. Clayton City Treasurer do.

Co. Phelps read report of the Supervisor of Streets

Ex Co. Young - it will be necessary for the City Co. to have an active standing police - that there may be a Supervisor in each Ward to a good advantage - I suggest this for your consideration -

Co. Phelps if we have a Supervisor in each Ward we can have advantage taken for benefit, it will be a good thing to have one or two Constables in each Ward -

Co. Young it feels hard for some men not to have a Street to his own house, and yet have to work out <his street labor> in another Ward -

Ald D. Spencer said the Supervisor of Streets had been instructed to work out, on Streets most used -

Ald Harris asked Supervisor of Streets if he would be satisfied to have one Ward -

Mr. Allred spoke - After Joseph's death, I have obeyed every word that the new Mayor has ordered me to do. I have done the best I could -

Co. Phelps spoke - suggested & motioned "that we hear the Report of the Recorder"-

Ald. Wells read the City Charter section - & sd. it wod. be best to appoint 4 Asst. Supervisors c make them Constables - mit. let the old Supervisor nominate them -

Co. Wright thot. it best for the council to appoint them - Ald Harris, Co. W. W. Phelps - would like to have four Supervisors-

Co. Wright moved that Jose James Allred be Supervisor -- over the 4th Ward -

Co. Miller " do appointed Supervisor of Streets for the City of Nauvoo together with three assistants" carried -

Ald. Rich it is for this Council to say who the men shall be - & "moved that Co Lorenzo Clark - Benjn. Jones & J. P. Harmon - be the 3" - they are good men & are getting no pay <for their services> - carried -

Ald Wells moved that D. Hendrix be one for 2nd Ward - not seconded - moved that the old business be disposed of -

Co. Miller "appoint 4 Constables" named Benjn. Boyce 1st Ward)


E. J. Sabine 2nd " )

) carried

Howard Egan 3rd " )

D. M Repsher 4th " )

"Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Nauvoo

Resolved that there be three assts. Supervisors appointed for the next two years"

Co. Sloan I recollect a former time when there were certain persons appointed, it was fully discussed

Co. Richards replied -

Co. Phelps the officers are appointed - we can put the Ordinance first in the Ordinance book

Ald Wells moved that the appointt. of 3 Assistant Supervisors be reconsidered - c that the men hold the two officers -

Co. Miller spoke - Co. Young if a man takes charge of a Ward - he will get some remuneration. & he may gain a little from his office - it was my idea to have different persons appointed the Ordinance is just right to my mind - Ald Wells replied -

Co. Young I dont believe in a Constable or Marshall's be being idle for one hour - to sit in his house until some one comes to tell him he is wanted - they ought to search out the very characters & have their eyes about them -

An Ordinance creating Assistant Supervisors read 1 time - 2 time by Title - 3 time - bill pass - satisfied with the Title

Mr. Allred spoke - of the way he conducted his business - I had three City Wards worked in 3 days my bill has been 63.00 of a year the highest -

Co. Phelps replied - recorder spoke - Co. Young spoke - Allred replied - Harris "that the People of the several Wards are not to be taken out of their own Ward into another -

Co. Phelps motioned "that we take up the accounts rescind the former vote of 3 Asst. Supervisors" as we are now drawing up an Ordinance in order to put it in the proper place - carried

Ald Rich we went to work & created 4 Supervisors for the different Wards -

Motioned & seconded that Lorenzo Clark be Supervisor of 1st Ward Carried-

Jesse P. Harmon 2nd Ward Carried -

Benjamin Jones 3rd carried

Co. Miller Spoke to appoint the men for the object of giving them some remuneration for their labors for the City.

Adjourned for one hour. 1 o clock P M.

2 oclock P. M. met pursuant to adjournment - names of members called - a quorum present Standing committees made out, and accepted - Co. Wright will the unfinished business now in my hands, have to be transferred to the new Marshall, I wish to know - I have no choice -

Co. Phelps moved that Orson Spencer be appointed in the place of the Committees that Daniel Spencer is now in

Co. Phelps spoke on the Marshall's business - & moved "that the accounts <of the old Council> be referred to the Committee on claims" carried -

Motioned that Orson Spencer & Edwd. Hunter fill the Committee on claims this afternoon.

Motioned that the fine against Orson Hyde be remitted - carried

Recorder spoke on his bill that would be allowed him according to the Ordinance of the City I have left out all accounts - the whole amount has cost me 50.00 to carry out the business - it has always been my object to save expence to the City - he also submitted the Clerks Report of dues, to the Municipal Court - there now remains due 188.45 3/4 - to the Court - W. W. Phelps repeals relinquished his amount due to him from the Court.

Motioned and carried seconded that James Sloan be Notary Public carried

do. Stephen Markham be Market Master carried-

do H. G. Sherwood City Surveyor do

do Daniel Carns Flour Inspector do

Benjn. Boyce

do Lorenzo Clark Fire Wardens 1st Ward do

E. J. Sabine

do Jesse P. Harmon " 2nd do do

do Howard Egan " 3rd do do

do, D. M. Repsher " 4th do do

do. John D. Lee Collector of 4th Ward do rescinded

do Theodore Turley Sealer of Weights & Measures do

Co. Wright enquired why a Collector was is appointed in my dis if there is no cause it will throw me out of a situation

Co. Phelps presented a petition from Benj Aber & 17 others for the remitting of a fine for selling Spirituous Liquors (against Rufus Beach)

Mayor spoke upon the fine, and gave an account of the circumstances - & recommended that it be remitted -

Co. Phelps said Rufus Beach came voluntarily & fined himself confessed judgment - he sd. he intended strictly to abide the ordinances of the city -

Co. Miller remarked & proposed that Col. take immediate action on it - & referred it the Com: of the whole house - carried -

Ald. Rich - I do not know if it has passed all the regular course - it is a hard case to be fined under the circumstances. there are other men also fined - we have got to have the whole difficulty brought before us at once.

Co. Phelps I am acquainted with the whole facts of the case - Pulaski Cahoon has let the day pass so that he cannot carry it to the Municipal Court - this Court is the only place that can remit the fine - Mr. Beach labours under difficulties -

Ald. Harris - Br Beach actually undergoes grievances - if he means to do right, he ought not to be lashed for his refractory family - moved "that Br Beach's fine be wholly remitted" carried -

Phelps replied - I have no doubt Wm. Marks will try to get his remitted - I have no doubt we shall <have> some trouble with it -

Co. Orson Spencer I agree with the remitting of this fine - if he cannot control his family - put it away - Co. Wright spoke on the subject - there is no parallel case to this - Ald. Rich replied - Petition of Hosea Stout & others to open Munson St. from Fullmer St. granted

Petition G. A. Smith & D. H. Wells - to abate taxes not laid out in City Lots - put abated

Ald. Rich spoke in full on the above petition - c the

Petition of James Alred for 35 days labor - motioned "that he suspend collecting for the old debts until ordered to collect by the Mayor" carried and referred his pay bill to Committee on claims - allowed his claim 35.00 - report accepted

Co. Richards motioned that <the name of> Warsaw St. be changed. - withdrawn -

Ald. Rich replied there is no way of bounding land by but by the names of Streets - & I should be sorry for the people to lose any thing by it -

Committee on Claims find the Recorders accounts very correct - and report favorable - that he dont get paid for his duties - and allowed 75.00 for extra services

Co. Phelps moved that the Committee be discharged from any further duties - <do - - - the Report be accepted - - - carried> carried & that the clerk be instructed to draw on the Treasury for the amount

Bill of J. H. Hale for 11.10 - moved that it be allowed

Clerk ordered to his issue his Certificate on the Treasury for the amount in the Disbursement book - all except Marr & Rollasons bills

Co. Phelps read an ordinance concerning Steam Boats - passed Dec. 16. 1843 - Ald: Rich nominated John D. Lee - carried - and to have 50 cents each dollar as last year - carried -

Moved and seconded that Jesse P. Harmon be Pound master -

Co. Sloan there was an order to restrain the Treasurer from issuing City Scrip - & moved that the Wharf master make out his report

Co. Phelps moved that the Treasurer make out his report at our next Regular session carried

Recorder read his report of Finance - and Ald. Harris moved its acceptance & carried -

Co. Richards spoke about Bro. Horner - Flour Inspector - & was replied to by Mayor.

do. young man horse racing &c in the Public Streets - Orson Spencer moved that an Ordinance be drawn out - Co. Miller spoke about a committee being appointed to revise all the City Ordinances - Co. Phelps. said that a committee was appointed for that purpose, we have a tolerable pretty good set of laws now - it may be necessary for us to make some little thing of this sort - it is a great desideratum for us to get together the Ordinances - and it will be a great benefit to the City - Strangers - and all persons -

An Ordinance to prevent horse racing in the Streets read 1st. 2 by the Title 3 time bill pass - satisfied with Title

Co. Phelps spoke on the subject - Ald: Rich it is a great curse to have too much law - Ald Orson Spencer followed - Co. Miller suggested an alteration in the wording of the Ordinance - Co. Phelps stated the case of Keegan -

Bill for of N. K. Knight 2.00 for meal for the Police - allowed -

Co. Richards spoke - Recorder spoke - it is wisdom for me to do what I am going to do I simply resign the office of Recorder and appoint nominate Thomas Bullock Recorder - <the Recorder Elect nominated> and Dr. Willard Richards be Deputy to Mr Bullock. <to be his Clerk - and both carried -> Dr. Richards spoke that it is the wisdom of God that this Motion was made - and my endeavors will always be for the good of this City -

Co. Wright spoke about some labor having been done on the Streets - Orson Spencer followed. Adjourned till next Regular Session - (6)

1 - Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845
2 - Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois.
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - Hatch, Charles M. and Compton, Todd M. editors, 'A Widow's Tale: 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney' p. 37
5 - Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple
6 - Nauvoo City Council Rough Book

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