Mormon History, Dec 11 [1844]

-- Dec 11 [1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] At home sick (1)

-- Dec 11, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 11th Wednesday Wind changed to the east. Commenced blowing a gale. It was head wind. We were drove under bare poles through the day & evening. It made us all dreadful sick. The sea was vary rough & piled up like hills. The gale increased untill about 9 oclock in the evening it appeared as though it must tear the yards from the mast. We kneeled before the Lord & Prayed unitedly that the Lord would cause the gale to seease & the wind to change that we might go forward & not backward & in a little time after the wind instantly seeased & finally changed into the South West which gave us fair wind. (2)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] - Reprinted Story: "Meeting of the Mormons Last Thursday" -- The New York Herald -- Describes a speech given by Elder Winchester, a Rigdonite, to a small number of Nauvoo Saints. (3)

-- 12 [Dec 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Do held council in the west room with Elders O. Hyde Amasa Lyman, Geo. A. Smith & John Taylor, and in the evening went upon the hill to Sister Greens. (1)

-- 13 [Dec 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Went away in company with Elder H. C. Kimball visited Bro. W. Richards and the Trustees in trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S.-- (1)

-- Dec 13, 1844
Orson Pratt: Sealed to Adelia Ann Bishop 13 December 1844. Six children: Lucy Adelia, Elzina, Lorum, Lorus, Eltha, and Orthena. (4)

-- Dec. 14. 1844
Dec. 14. 1844 20 min past 10 Regular Session

Names of Members called - a Quorum present. Prayer by Brigham Young.

Councillor Orson Hyde read a letter from to the Representative - A. Babbit. in answer to his letter. Ald. Orson Spencer spoke on the behalf of retaining our present Charter and not to give up a good Charter because others whine - the Legislature gave us a Charter to make any law not repugnant to the Constitution - and we ought to keep it.

Co. Taylor said we have not transgressed any law - we have done no wrong - if we had, there is a tribunal to bring us before - let us hang on to the Charter - if they take away our rights they shall have the glory of it - and shew to the world that there is no faith in the Legislature

Co. G. A. Smith has similar feelings. I never would consent to let it be altered in the least. the Habeas Corpus has saved Joseph - and we may want it to save ourselves - if one Charter cannot be defended - another cannot - if they do repeal it - let it be to their own disgrace - - the letter be dispensed with -

Motioned and carried that the ordinance relating to Swine passed last Session be stricken out

Letter from Recorder Willard Richards read and accepted

Moved and seconded that Mr. <Thomas> Bullock be our Clerk for the time being

Mr Bullock was sworn in as Deputy Recorder of the city of Nauvoo

Moved and seconded that the alteration in Marr & Rollasons bills be made as reduced.

Moved and seconded that the bill of J. P. Green be referred to the Committee of claims

do do that Ald Orson Spencer be added to the Committee on claims for the time being

do do that the Petition of Stephen Markham and two others for opening a Street across Block 69 be made by an ordinance passed "Ordinance to locate an Alley on Block 69 and other Alleys or Lanes" Ordinance incorporating the Seventies Library and Institute Association" read 1st. time 2nd. time by Title - 3rd time. -

Co. Orson Pratt spoke on the subject - Co. Taylor followed shewing that as the State gave us powers as large as the State - we have power to give same to this Institute -

Co. Heber C. Kimball considers that we have power to give to this Institute as far as right is given to us - let us give right one to another - shall we curtail ourselves because the Legislature wants to curtail us -

Co. Phelps. said the Charter includes a grant to a College which goes further than this - we have power to legislate for the benefit & convenience of this City - if we pass a law for the enlightning of the human family - We do not go against any law - and especially the Constitution of the U. States - or of this State. this bill is for the diffusion of Useful knowledge throughout all the world - Intelligence is the life of liberty - every exertion shall be made to find out Intelligence - we shew good; that there is no evil in the thing -

Ald. Wells there is no limit given to the power of the Charter - I am in favor of the diffusion of Knowledge -

Ald: Orson Spencer differed from Ald: Wells in the power of the Charter. we have passed an Act to record our Deeds here instead of going 18 miles - it is for our convenience - and he went into his views of the power of the Charter. but I think the Charter now before us is too liberal and I may vote against it.

Ald. Harris had leave to withdraw to go to the High Council

Co. Taylor shewed the illiberality of the people of Illinois towards us, since the Charter was given us - and no man can shew that he has been injured by this City Council

Co. Brigham Young asked who was going to be injured by granting this Charter and spoke his feelings on the subject -

Co. G. A. Smith said we want this Council to grant us the Charter. the University has been a failure - if the Council can make an University - it can make a Library

Co. Phelps spoke. - Taylor spoke. Orson Pratt read the Sec. of the Charter relating to the University - and shewed that it came within the jurisdiction of this Council -

Passed No. Ald. Wells.

Co. Brigham Young wants it to be recorded that Ald. Wells voted against it - "because the City Council has no authority to grant it."

Ald Wells replied

Satisfied by the Title Adjourned for one hour

Dec. 14. 1844

Meeting opened pursuant to adjournment

Petition of Samuel Bent and 21 others for permission to Newel Knight to make a dam in the Mississippi

Co. Taylor rose to object to the petition and to shew that an ordinance had been granted to the late Joseph Smith for the purpose - and took a review of the whole - and shewed that to grant this petition would be out of place -

Co. Phelps stated that the Ordinance to Joseph Smith was drawn up, and suited Joseph Smith and read the same -

Mayor said this Council has no right to operate - for it is already transferred to the Successors of Joseph Smith

Petition lie on the table

Petition of Benjn. Warrington & 4 others to open St. East of Speers St. from Parley to Young Granted

Bill of A. Ripley $5.00 for surveying Speers St. referred to the Committee on claims - they reported nothing to do with it

Bill of J. K. Hale 48.25 for surveying & assessing do do report allowed

Bill of Grubb & Ritchie 57.81 for Liquor &c to Nauvoo Legion be referred to Col Dunham & Rich

Bill Hiram Kimball 40.80 for Salted Beef be refd. to the committee on claims (bill allowed for 30.60.)

Moved and seconded that the Trustees in Trust be indemnified in their claims on the City Carried

Moved and seconded that the Treasurer audit the accts. presented to him by the Trustees in Trust and give them receipts for the same Carried

Bill concerning Swine read 1st. time 2nd time laid on the table

An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance passed Decr. 8. 1843. passed.

Motioned and seconded that the Committee on Public Grounds have further time allowed to report on the burying ground also in connection with the Old Burying Ground and be instructed to find out the boundary of the old burying ground and to make same decent by fencing it out - Carried

Motioned and seconded that the Mayor fill up Vacancies of Trustees & Registrar in Nauvoo University Mayor appointed Mr. John Taylor Registrar Trustees Regents Daniel H. Wells, N. K. Whitney, William Marks Geo Miller, Brigham Young Amasa Lyman, John T. Barnett, Charles C Rich, Heber C. Kimball, <Prof> Orson Pratt - Orson Hyde, Willard Richards, Daniel Spencer, Gustavus Hills, George A. Smith Jonathan H. Hale, Reynolds Cahoon, Parley P. Pratt, Jonathan C. Wright, Phinehas Richards, Edward Hunter, Franklin Richards, & James M. Monroe -

Moved and seconded that the Treasurer give orders to the Councillors to the amount of their taxes dues Carried Council adjourn till next regular Session

the municipal Court is the proper place for the persons to appeal to- Co. Spencer read the report of the Committee

adjourned for one hour

5 P. M.

Council met pursuant to the adjournment - when the Preamble and Resolutions were again read

A Resolution was discussed respecting Warsaw Signal and other papers, by Cos. Taylor, Phelps and Young -

Co. Young moved that the Com report of the Committee be accepted - & carried

Co. Young moved that Ald: Orson Spencer <& Dr. Richards> be requested to draw out Resolutions for the people

Adjourned until next regular session. (5)

1 - Brigham Young Journal # 4 in the handwriting of: William Clayton, Evan Greene, John D. Lee, Willard Richards. First person account kept by others. 'Lieut. Genl Brigham Young's Journal 1844'
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
3 -
4 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985,
5 - Nauvoo City Council Rough Book

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