“The City Council shall have power and authority…to divide the city into wards…” (Joseph Smith, Nauvoo Charter granting authority to divide the city into municipal wards. Joseph Smith stated: “The City Charter of Nauvoo is of my own plan and device. I concocted it for the salvation of the Church, and on principles so broad, that every honest man might dwell secure under its protective influence without distinction of sect or party.” History of the Church, 4:249.)

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