Letter from Joseph Coe, 1 January 1844

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the principles being settled you gave your note for the amount viz: $1000 and took from him my notes the raise was made in season to fulfill the contract and the money paid by the time of this sum. I raised $300 which I borrowed of Abel Nash. Hence by this transaction you paid $700 this sum was $100 besides interest; less than your contract spe[c]ified. I <​The​> next action between us was an agreement to exchange papers, which we did outright. In an interview with your after you left, I proposed to him to let me have real estate to ext[i]nguish my claim, which he said he would do, but I suppose the circumstances under which he left rendered it inconvenient. Hence I was unexpectedly involved in a sum that I have hitherto, been unable <​to​> adjust. Now I know that I have acted in relation to the above purchase, in good faith and in good feelings; and if Justice requires me to bear it, or if your circumstances render it impossible for you to releave me, I have no more to say; but I think that neither is the fact, If you have not the means here of relieving me, others of your friends have. If I am not much mistaken, much property has been and is being put to no better use than that of paying me for the Mummies. Cannot you make arangements with your brother for his house and lot, or with for his, or let me have the use of this farm over which you are sole trustee in trust. The latter is in your power to do, and belonging to the Church as it does I presume that body would delight in relieving me from a burthen which I am barng [bearing] solely for their benefit. I have an Idea that you have heretofore received but little for the use of the Church property in this place. Other property too, seems to go lightly but perhaps wisely I do not say as to that. The Bunk house and two years rent of Your Brother ’s house and lot was given to settle a claim which [p. [2]]
the principles being settled you gave your note for the amount viz: $1000 and took from him my notes the raise was made in season to fulfill the contract and the money paid by the time of this sum. I raised $300 which I borrowed of Abel Nash. Hence by this transaction you paid $700 this sum was $100 besides interest; less than your contract specified. The next action between us was an agreement to exchange papers, which we did outright. In an interview with your after you left, I proposed to him to let me have real estate to extinguish my claim, which he said he would do, but I suppose the circumstances under which he left rendered it inconvenient. Hence I was unexpectedly involved in a sum that I have hitherto, been unable to adjust. Now I know that I have acted in relation to the above purchase, in good faith and in good feelings; and if Justice requires me to bear it, or if your circumstances render it impossible for you to releave me, I have no more to say; but I think that neither is the fact, If you have not the means here of relieving me, others of your friends have. If I am not much mistaken, much property has been and is being put to no better use than that of paying me for the Mummies. Cannot you make arangements with your brother for his house and lot, or with for his, or let me have the use of this farm over which you are sole trustee in trust. The latter is in your power to do, and belonging to the Church as it does I presume that body would delight in relieving me from a burthen which I am barng [bearing] solely for their benefit. I have an Idea that you have heretofore received but little for the use of the Church property in this place. Other property too, seems to go lightly but perhaps wisely I do not say as to that. The Bunk house and two years rent of Your Brother ’s house and lot was given to settle a claim which [p. [2]]
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