, Letter, , Lake Co., OH, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 1 Jan. 1844; handwriting of ; endorsement in handwriting of ; docket in handwriting of ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.
Jan 1st 1844
Prest. Joseph Smith
Dear Brother the reason of my writing to you is on a count of writing to you respecting takeing your farm here he has written without my council and unbeknown to me but I was informed of it too day what he has written I do not know I thought it right you should know how he has managed and then you could act acordingly I let have the place last season he was to pay $90— for it and half the Land tax to be paid in Grain wheat at $1,00 Corn 3/— oats 2/— a bushell I told him if he would go on do the best he could he should not loos anny thing I have allways been liberal with him last year he paid about 120 130 bu[shels] oats oats being only 1/— per bu. and hard at that I Let have considerable part o some of them and he was to pay to you I placed a good deal of confidence in what he said I did not require Security of him he did not pay the tax last year grain was so low he did not pay half of the rent last year I think this year that is 1843 he was to pay the same he did the year before and this year he said he would Settle up the whole but as yet a I cannot get it and I fear (I shall not be able too he is very much in debt he mortgaged some of the crops on the ground and this week there has got to be $45) raised for the tax last year and this and it will be as much as I can do to raise the money to keep the farm from being sold as I have depended on to pay the tax as he agreed too he thought we had better let a piece of it be sold than to try to raise the money I am told by persons whom I can rely on that he said he did not calculate to pay the rent nor tax and and calculated to stay on the place and he would wright and get the place of you [p. ]