Bond to John L. Butler, 1 November 1839

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KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That We Joseph Smith Jr & 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 Seven 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 Jr & 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. Sixty three— 63— and received in payment for said lot four notes of hand bearing even date herewith, for the sum of three hundred & fifty— $350— 100/00 dollars, and payable as follows.
The first for $87.100/50 Payable November 1st 1844 & interest
The second for $87.100/50 payable November 1st 1846 & interest
The third for $87.100/50 payable November 1st 1848 & interest
The fourth for $87.100/50 payable November 1st 1850 & interest
Making in all the aforesaid three hundred and fifty dollars it being the full sum & price for said lot
with <​The​> interest for each and every note to be paid annually. On the first of November
Now if the said his heirs, executors, or administrators shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid, the amount of said note with such interest as may accrue thereon, according to the tenor and effect thereof, when due, We the said Joseph Smith Jr & bind ourselves our heirs, executors and administrators, to make or cause to be made, a good and sufficient Deed for the above described lot Twenty Years from the date hereof—— 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 first—— day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Thirty nine
— LS
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  1. 1

    Seven hundred dollars was twice the amount of the land purchase price, the normal rate for land transaction bonds.  

  2. 2

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