Letter from Don Carlos Smith, 3 June 1841

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city of , June 3rd, 1841
Brother Joseph
I have made a purchase of 160 acres of land as good as ever laid out of doors; it is situated Just two miles from the on a beautiful undulating prairie and is the west half of the south half of section 3rd. I wish you would sell it for me the first opportunity, perhaps you may have an opportunity the while I am gone. can give all necessary information as he owns the other half Quarter of the same Section. The price is $7.00 per acre or one thousand dollars for the Quarter, one half down the balance in one, two, & three years. If you will sell this for me, Brother Joseph, you will confer a lasting favor on one that will stand by (the “Rack hay or no hay”) you through time & in eternity. The Quarter is an excellent purchase for some body, and whoever gets it will get a fortune. It is wholly unconnected with ’s as far as the contract is concerned. I have Paid one hundred dollars down on the land, and have some lenity on the balance. [p. [1]]
Bare with me Joseph while I write— I have no opportunity to converse with you— you are thronged with business— and all the time (almost) in the narrows, straining the last link, as it were, to get out of this & that Pinch &c. &c. all this I know, I am not ignorant of it— I have been, and now am in the <same> mill— when I’ll. get through the hopper I know not, one thing I do know, and that is this when I got into the hopper in this place I was owing in and elsewhere about $200,00 <or more> and <up◊◊◊ds> w [hole in page] not worth a red cent. I borrowed money to commence business— built a log cabbin— built an office— was sick upwards of 11 months with my family— have not obtained any thing on the rise of property— did not purchase any lots in the city because I knew you must have your money for them or loose the whole— I have labored hard early, and latefared hard— received nothing by speculation, or rise of property; but in the midst of all, I have not complained, nor will I— but have tried to be content, and done the best I knew how. I have paid the best part of my old debts, [p. [2]] and have contracted new ones by borrowing of “Peter to pay Paul,” (as the maxim runs) I owe about five hundred dollars in all; I have papers on hand <and accounts> to the amount of 800 or 1000 dollars, and <accounts> The printing establishment, aparatus &c. is worth $1500,00. you see by this that if I could raise five hundred dollars, to pay my debts, out of my land or in any way; it would leave me a property of $2500,00, or at least 2300,00 dollars. Now this is my exact situation, and I have written it because because I had not the opportunity of talking it, and I hope you will not think strange of this letter, because I am going away and do not know but what you could sell this land for me while I am gone. The title is good &c. &c. Would you, or could you let me have city property here, for the property which has in that should be mine? I have reference to the house and lot. You can tell me all about these matters when I come home.
and have contracted new ones by borrowing of “Peter to pay Paul,” (as the maxim runs) I owe about five hundred dollars in all; I have papers on hand <and accounts> to the amount of 800 or 1000 dollars, and <accounts> The printing establishment, aparatus &c. is worth $1500,00. you see by this that if I could raise five hundred dollars, to pay my debts, out of my land or in any way; it would leave me a property of $2500,00, or at least 2300,00 dollars. Now this is my exact situation, and I have written it because because I had not the opportunity of talking it, and I hope you will not think strange of this letter, because I am going away and do not know but what you could sell this land for me while I am gone. The title is good &c. &c. Would you, or could you let me have city property here, for the property which has in that should be mine? I have reference to the house and lot. You can tell me all about these matters when I come home.
As it did <not> fall to my lot to get an interest in the store with you by selling out &c. which, after due reflection, did not appear to <be> wisdom for the present; I feel anxious to enlarge the printing business by publishing a weekly news paper, and I think it will do well, if it should, it will be very valuable.
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Joseph Smith