Letter to Hiram Barney, 3 March 1842
- Source Note
On 3 March 1842 JS composed a letter to attorney declining Barney’s earlier proposal to sell him property near , Illinois. Acting as an for the property’s owner, prominent New York City merchant Abijah Fisher, Barney had written to JS on 24 January 1842 offering to sell him twenty acres of land on the swampy western edge of the Nauvoo peninsula at $1,200 per acre.JS apparently dictated the letter to or directed him how to respond. In the letter, JS acknowledged the receipt of ’s 24 January correspondence and outlined the reasons he was unwilling to purchase Fisher’s land at the proposed price. He also made a counteroffer to purchase the land for $100 per acre or, alternatively, to sell the land for Fisher as an agent. The letter was ostensibly mailed to Barney in , but Barney evidently did not respond to JS’s counteroffer or agency plan. Neither JS nor the purchased Fisher’s land, and the area around the property remained largely undeveloped through the nineteenth century.JS’s original letter has not been located, but acted as scribe and copied it into Letterbook 2 presumably shortly after it was written.