Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 25 August 1841, Copy

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at all, but the interets alone, which we never considered ourselves, in honor, or in justice, bound to pay under the expiration of five years, I presume you are no stranger to the part of the plat we bought of you, being a deathly sickly hole, and that we have not been able in concequence, to realize a<​ny​> dollar from <​valuable consideration from​> it. although we have been keeping up appearances, and holding out inducements to encourage immigration, that we scarcely think justifiable, in consequence of the Mortality that almost invariably awaits those who come from far distant parts.) And that! with a view to enable us to meet our engagments,)
And now to be goaded by you for a breach of good faith and negle[c]t & dishonorable conduct, Seems to me to be almost beyond endurance,) <​You are aware that we came from destitute of every thing but physical form, and had nothing but our energies and perseverence to rely upon, to meet the payment of the extortionate sum, that you exacted for the land we had of you. Have you no feelings of commiseration, or is it your design to crush us with a ponderous load before <​we​> are able to walk, or can you better dispose of the property than we are doing for your interest If so to the alternative.​>
I therefore propose in order to avoid the perplexity and anoynce [annoyance] that has hitherto attended the transaction, that you come and take the premises and make the best you can of it, Or stand off and give us an oppertunity, that we may manage the concern, and enable ourselves by the management thereof to meet our engagments as was originally contemplated We have taken a city plat at , (At the head of navigation for vessels of heavey tonage.) On the most advantageous terms, the proprietors waiting on us for the payments of the plat. until we can realize the money from the sales, leaving to ourselves a large and liberal neeth [net], proffit. We have been making every exertion, and used all the means [p. [2]]
at all, but the interets alone, which we never considered ourselves, in honor, or in justice, bound to pay under the expiration of five years, I presume you are no stranger to the part of the plat we bought of you, being a deathly sickly hole, and that we have not been able in concequence, to realize any valuable consideration from it. although we have been keeping up appearances, and holding out inducements to encourage immigration, that we scarcely think justifiable, in consequence of the Mortality that almost invariably awaits those who come from far distant parts.) And that! with a view to enable us to meet our engagments,)
And now to be goaded by you for a breach of good faith and neglect & dishonorable conduct, Seems to me to be almost beyond endurance,) You are aware that we came from destitute of every thing but physical form, and had nothing but our energies and perseverence to rely upon, to meet the payment of the extortionate sum, that you exacted for the land we had of you. Have you no feelings of commiseration, or is it your design to crush us with a ponderous load before we are able to walk, or can you better dispose of the property than we are doing for your interest If so to the alternative.
I therefore propose in order to avoid the perplexity and anoynce annoyance that has hitherto attended the transaction, that you come and take the premises and make the best you can of it, Or stand off and give us an oppertunity, that we may manage the concern, and enable ourselves by the management thereof to meet our engagments as was originally contemplated We have taken a city plat at , (At the head of navigation for vessels of heavey tonage.) On the most advantageous terms, the proprietors waiting on us for the payments of the plat. until we can realize the money from the sales, leaving to ourselves a large and liberal neeth [net], proffit. We have been making every exertion, and used all the means [p. [2]]
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