Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 11 October 1841

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11th. Oct. 1841
Rev. Joseph Smith
Dr. Sir— I have just returned from where I met Mr and he has paid me the 2,500 dollar Note given me for the purchase— He now has a tract of land in the pines consisting of one hundred and odd acres of not much value belonging to your and the same mentioned in letter to me— Mr. has also the Tavern Stand at belonging to the Church which has been heretofore valued by some I beleive at 2500 dollars— Now in order to make the payment of interest as easy to your Church as possible I proposed to Mr to receive this 137 acres pine land and the tavern stand for Three thousand dollars— It is possible that these two pieces of property were taken for more than that sum by the Church but that they will bring even that sum now cannot be expected— has given me a contract for the delivery of these two pieces property for three thousand dollars provided that the arrangement meets the approbation of the Church on his arrival at — That they are solicitous to pay this interest I have your own and other assurances— An opportunity now occurs for commencing the payment upon favourable terms and I wish you sir if convenient immediately to write me and say whether this conditional contract meets your acceptance
In much haste
Yours &c [p. [1]]
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<​ Ct. OCT 11​>
Jos. Smith Jr. Esqr.
Hancock County
Illinois [p. [4]]


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    Though this letter and others from Hotchkiss are either addressed or have a postal stamp from Fair Haven, Connecticut, Hotchkiss’s residence was a mile or two away in New Haven. (Bond from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 Aug. 1839–A; Bond from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 Aug. 1839–B.)  

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    Hotchkiss purchased two tracts of land from William White and then sold that land to JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith. Records indicate that in April 1840, JS bypassed Hotchkiss and paid directly to White an amount Hotchkiss still owed White; six months later, JS gave Hotchkiss a promissory note for the remaining amount owed on the White purchase. This note, promising future payment of $2,500 with interest within eight months, was given to Hotchkiss in October 1840. (Receipt from William White, 23 Apr. 1840; Promissory Note to Horace Hotchkiss, 23 Oct. 1840; see also Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 28 July 1840.)  

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    Cook’s Mills was located in Burlington County, New Jersey, approximately two miles southwest of New Egypt. (Woodward and Hageman, History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey, 29, 34, 384; “An Account of the Capture and Death of the Refugee John Bacon,” 151.)  

    Woodward, E. M., and John F. Hageman. History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Their Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1883.

    Fort, George F. “An Account of the Capture and Death of the Refugee John Bacon.” Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 1, no. 4 (1846): 151–153.

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    Postal place and date stamped in brown ink.  

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    Postage in unidentified handwriting.