Bond from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 August 1839–A
, Bond for Property in , IL, to , JS, and , 12 Aug. 1839. Featured version copied 4 Sept. 1839 in Hancock County Deed Record, 1817–1917, vol. 12 G, p. 299; unidentified handwriting., IL, Recorder, Deed Record, vol. 12 G, 24 Apr.–7 Nov. 1839; 462 pages; Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage, IL. Includes notations and archival marking.Volume containing 236 leaves measuring 17½ × 11 inches (44 × 28 cm). At an unknown time, the original leather binding was covered with white canvas. The spine of the canvas was stamped in black ink: “DEED RECORD | 12 G | HANCOCK COUNTY”. The bound volume measures 18¼ × 12 × 3⅛ inches (46 × 30 × 8 cm). This volume has been in the continuous custody of the Hancock County, Illinois, Recorder’s Office since the volume’s creation.
On 12 August 1839, prepared a bond for land in the northern part of the , Illinois, area that Hotchkiss and his partners, and , agreed to sell to JS and his in the . This transaction and another one that day with Hotchkiss and were the largest land purchases the had made in . The tract of land that Hotchkiss, Gillet, and Tuttle were selling consisted of approximately four hundred acres in and around the platted towns of Commerce and Commerce City, Illinois, minus the lots in the Commerce plat that had already been sold.In the bond, (who was representing his partners and ) specified that he would provide JS, , and with a warranty deed for the land if the men made the scheduled payments, which totaled $110,000. Half the amount was to be paid to Hotchkiss in the form of twenty promissory notes for $1,500 each, due annually for the next twenty years, with a final note for $25,000 due in 1859. The other half was to be paid to Tuttle and Gillet jointly in the same manner. The annual payments of $1,500 likely represented interest, although they were not specified as such in the bond. JS, Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith promised to make the scheduled payments by signing the forty-two promissory notes outlined in the bond. The original bond is apparently not extant; the version featured here was copied into a Hancock County deed record book in September 1839. In 1843, the bond was canceled by mutual agreement, and most of the land was returned to Hotchkiss, Tuttle, and Gillet through a quitclaim deed.
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