Minutes, 30 May 1844 [United States v. Jeremiah Smith on Habeas Corpus–A]
Minutes, [, Hancock Co., IL], 30 May 1844, U.S. v. Jeremiah Smith on Habeas Corpus–A (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1844); handwriting of ; four pages; Nauvoo, IL Records and Nauvoo Mayor’s Court, Papers, CHL. Includes use marks.
10. A. M.— cou[r]t called, present J. Smith Chief. J.— , — . , — presnt.—
Then came . . . by his co[u]nsel— and was ready for trial.
.— was called answerd.— did not acknowledge the jurisdicti[o]n of this court.— con—— my writ was only to kep him till he could get another writ—
— considrd his prisoner.—— attended as matter of courtesy.— was instructed to <by> gov to give names &c
of . considered consid[ered] we live in a gov of Laws.— consid[er]ed this cort wold be liable to a fine if it did not gra[n]t a writ. of .— as right.— if that individ[ual] has legal warrant to take him let him go.— <iss[ued?] writ> was a subterfuge— are culpable for doing wrong as an individual.— <interrupted by .> by— if the party will show illegality I will show Legality.—
— continued— that the gove. inst[r]ucted to take names & items.— not to prosecute .— <if> no one to prosecute & set the court at defianc.— or set the prisoner free.— did appear before this couns[e]l by couns[e]l & offrd to prosecute & asked time—— now came to take names— next Dragoon.— to intimedate court intimedate this people.— if they w it is the privileige to discipl[in]e the prisoner, if they attempt to make out a cause— we will make our defen[s]e. [p. ]