Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 26 November 1842

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November 26th. 1842
Esqr.
Dr. Sir— Yours of the 8th. inst to has been received and in consequence of his not knowing any thing concerning the matters therein mentioned nor being in anyways connected or interested in my affairs he of course has handed the letter to me which I shall proceed to answer.
And Sir permit me to say on the subject of the deal between myself as Trustee in Trust for the Church of Latter Day Saints and you that I am as anxious as ever to have the contract continue good between us, and to meet the obligations specified in the contract. I am not, neither have I ever been wishful to shrink from it in any form whatever, but intend to make payments as fast as my circumstances will admit. But Sir, you are not unacquainted with the extreme hardness of the times, and the great scarcity of money, and which put it out of my power to meet all the payments as they fell due, and which has been the only cause of any failure on my part, and should you feel disposed not to press the payments but offer a lenity equivalent to the state of the times, then sir, I shall yet endeavor to make up the payments as fast as possible, and consider the contract still good between us. I would here say, that when I found it necessary to avail myself of the benifits of the Bankrupt Law I know not but that the Law required of me to include you amongst the list of my creditors, notwithstanding the nature of the contract. [p. [1]]
November 26th. 1842
Esqr.
Dr. Sir— Yours of the 8th. inst to has been received and in consequence of his not knowing any thing concerning the matters therein mentioned nor being in anyways connected or interested in my affairs he of course has handed the letter to me which I shall proceed to answer.
And Sir permit me to say on the subject of the deal between myself as Trustee in Trust for the Church of Latter Day Saints and you that I am as anxious as ever to have the contract continue good between us, and to meet the obligations specified in the contract. I am not, neither have I ever been wishful to shrink from it in any form whatever, but intend to make payments as fast as my circumstances will admit. But Sir, you are not unacquainted with the extreme hardness of the times, and the great scarcity of money, and which put it out of my power to meet all the payments as they fell due, and which has been the only cause of any failure on my part, and should you feel disposed not to press the payments but offer a lenity equivalent to the state of the times, then sir, I shall yet endeavor to make up the payments as fast as possible, and consider the contract still good between us. I would here say, that when I found it necessary to avail myself of the benifits of the Bankrupt Law I know not but that the Law required of me to include you amongst the list of my creditors, notwithstanding the nature of the contract. [p. [1]]
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