Bond to Elijah Able, 8 December 1839

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KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That We Joseph Smith Junr & of the county of and State of are held and firmly bound unto of the county of and State of his heirs and assigns in the sum of Twelve hundred dollars for the payment of which well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents.
NOW THE CONDITION OF THE ABOVE OBLIGATION IS SUCH, that whereas, the said Joseph Smith Junr & have this day sold unto the said a certain lot of ground situated, lying and being in the county of and State of , and described on the plat of the Town of as being Lot No. four in Block No. one hundred & Eleven and received in payment for said lot Six— notes of hand bearing even date herewith, for the sum of Six hundred—— dollars, and payable as follows. with interest
The first for fifty dollars on demand
The second for one hundred & ten dollars on the 8th day of Decr 1840
The third for one hundred & ten dollars on the 8th day of Decr 1841
The fourth for one hundred & ten dollars on the 8th day of Decr 1842
The fifth for one hundred & ten dollars on the 8th day of Decr— 1843
The sixth for one hundred & ten dollars on the 8th day of Decr— 1844
with <​The​> interest for each and every note to be paid annually.
Now if the said his heirs, executors, or administrators shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid, the amount of said notes with such interest as may accrue thereon, according to the tenor and effect thereof, when due, We the said Joseph Smith Junr & —— bind ourselves our heirs, executors and administrators, to make or cause to be made, a good and sufficient Deed for the above described lot and then this Bond to become null and void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue.
Given under our hands and seals this Eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine
Acknowledged in presence of
Joseph Smith Jr LS
LS
LS [p. [1]]
BOND to
<I do Herby assign all my Right and title to the Within bond to J[ohn] A Mikesell and the East half of the Lot for & the west half to Mikesell
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<I hereby assign all my right and title to the within bond, this 9th day of March. A. D. 1841, to Joseph Smith
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    Although the lot cost $600, this bond obligated JS, Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith to pay twice the amount of the purchase price if they did not deliver title to the land.  

  2. 2

    The lot of land Able purchased was located near the shores of the Mississippi River on the northwest corner of the intersection of Kimball and Hill streets.  

  3. 3

    None of the promissory notes associated with this bond have been located.  

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    Signatures of JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith.  

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    TEXT: All three instances of “LS” (locus sigilli, Latin for “location of the seal”) are inscribed within hand-drawn representations of seals.  

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    Docket in the handwriting of Robert B. Thompson.  

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    Notation in the handwriting of Elijah Able.  

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    Notation in the handwriting of Alexander Badlam.