An article in the September 1857 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine (Vol. 15) said that the editorial staff of the magazine received a letter from a Vicksburg correspondent who “assures us […] that the following resolutions were passed by the Board of Councilmen of Canton, Mississippi:”
- Resolved, by this Council, that we build a new Jail.
- Resolved, that the new Jail be built out of the materials of the old Jail.
- Resolved, that the old Jail be used until the new Jail is finished.
No one knows if this is real. Nonetheless, it’s quite an amusing read if nothing else.