Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 11 October 1841

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11th. Oct. 1841
Rev. Joseph Smith
Dr. Sir— I have just returned from where I met Mr and he has paid me the 2,500 dollar Note given me for the purchase— He now has a tract of land in the pines consisting of one hundred and odd acres of not much value belonging to your church and the same mentioned in letter to me— Mr. has also the Tavern Stand at Cooks Mills belonging to the Church which has been heretofore valued by some I beleive at 2500 dollars— Now in order to make the payment of interest as easy to your Church as possible I proposed to Mr to receive this 137 acres pine land and the tavern stand for Three thousand dollars— It is possible that these two pieces of property were taken for more than that sum by the Church but that they will bring even that sum now cannot be expected— has given me a contract for the delivery of these two pieces property for three thousand dollars provided that the arrangement meets the approbation of the Church on his arrival at — That they are solicitous to pay this interest I have your own and other assurances— An opportunity now occurs for commencing the payment upon favourable terms and I wish you sir if convenient immediately to write me and say whether this conditional contract meets your acceptance
In much haste
Yours &c [p. [1]]
11th. Oct. 1841
Rev. Joseph Smith
Dr. Sir— I have just returned from where I met Mr and he has paid me the 2,500 dollar Note given me for the purchase— He now has a tract of land in the pines consisting of one hundred and odd acres of not much value belonging to your church and the same mentioned in letter to me— Mr. has also the Tavern Stand at Cooks Mills belonging to the Church which has been heretofore valued by some I beleive at 2500 dollars— Now in order to make the payment of interest as easy to your Church as possible I proposed to Mr to receive this 137 acres pine land and the tavern stand for Three thousand dollars— It is possible that these two pieces of property were taken for more than that sum by the Church but that they will bring even that sum now cannot be expected— has given me a contract for the delivery of these two pieces property for three thousand dollars provided that the arrangement meets the approbation of the Church on his arrival at — That they are solicitous to pay this interest I have your own and other assurances— An opportunity now occurs for commencing the payment upon favourable terms and I wish you sir if convenient immediately to write me and say whether this conditional contract meets your acceptance
In much haste
Yours &c [p. [1]]
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