Letter, Justin Butterfield to Charles B. Penrose, 11 October 1842
, Letter, , Cook Co., IL, to Charles B. Penrose, , 11 Oct. 1842; unidentified handwriting; signature of ; docket and notations in unidentified handwriting; three pages; Case Files and Other Records Relating to Suits, 1791–1929, Records of the Solicitor of the Treasury, Record Group 206, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC. Included enclosure. Includes archival marking.
Office of Att’y Dist.’
Oct. 13. <11.> 1842.
Honble C[harles] B. Penrose.
Solicitor of the Treasury,
On the 8th. day of Sept. last I left for the place of residence of Joseph Smith & applicants for the benefit of the Bankrupt Act, in order to obtain the necessary <evidence> to oppose them as I informed you I should do in my letter of the 7th. of Sept. last: Upon my arrival at I made a very full examination into the transfers of property made by Joseph Smith upon the eve of his application for the benefit of <the> said Act, and I succeeded beyond my expectations; I found that after the passage of the Bankrupt Act, and after he had contracted the debt upon which the Judg’t. in favor of the was rendered against him, he made voluntary conveyances of real estate of an amount much more than sufficient to satisfy the said Judgement to his and to his infant children and friends, without any consideration whatever: I found that all the statements made by in relation to Joseph Smith’s fraudulent transfers of his property were true; and that there were several other fraudulent conveyances not mentioned by him: I obtained from the Recorder’s Office an exemplified copy of the deeds executed by the said Joseph Smith and proceeded to where the Bankrupt Court sat on the 1st. of Oct, and filed the necessary objections, to a discharge being granted to the said Joseph Smith; and also against the discharge of . the Court appointed the 15th. day of Dec’r. next for the hearing; at which time I shall be ready to eastablish such fraudulent Acts on the part of Joseph Smith as will prevent his obtaining his discharge. [p. ]