Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 30 December 1841

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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30th. Decr. 1841
Jos. Smith Esqr.
Dr. Sir— Yours of 10th. Decr. is at hand and in reply to it I have the pleasure of informing you that upon a perusal of your letter by and in a free conversation with him relative to its contents we have come to the conclusion to accept your offer of the proprety [property] and the 137 acres Pine timber lands at 3200 dollars although we consider the price too much— You will therefore oblige by having the gentlemen in whose name the title now is give us a warrantee conveyance at your earliest convenience
Accept for yourself and make to all friends my respects and believe me your Sincere friend
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Rev. Joseph Smith
Hancock County
Illinois [p. [4]]


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    Though this letter and others from Horace Hotchkiss to JS, as well as from Hotchkiss to his business partners, are addressed from or have a postal stamp from Fair Haven, Hotchkiss gave his legal place of residence as nearby New Haven. (Bonds from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 Aug. 1839–A and B.)  

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    Cook’s Mills (later Cookstown) was a small town in Burlington County, New Jersey, located just a few miles away from New Egypt, Monmouth County, New Jersey. (Fort, “Account of the Capture and Death of the Refugee John Bacon,” 151.)  

    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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    Hotchkiss’s later receipt for this purchase clarified that the pine land comprised two “Pine Timber farm[s]”; one was a hundred acres and the other was forty acres. (Receipt from Horace Hotchkiss et al., 28 Feb. 1842.)  

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    In a letter dated 11 October 1841, Hotchkiss informed JS that the property in question had previously been appraised at $2,500 and then offered to pay $3,000. (Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 11 Oct. 1841.)  

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    TEXT: Possibly “gentleman”.  

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    It is unclear whose names the title was in, but James Ivins apparently had legal agency to sell the land. The transfer was completed as agreed upon, and Hotchkiss provided a receipt to Ivins on 28 February 1842. (Receipt from Horace Hotchkiss et al., 28 Feb. 1842.)  

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    Circular postmark stamped in ink.  

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    Unidentified handwriting in blue ink within the circular postmark.  

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    Stamped in ink.  

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    Postage in blue ink in unidentified handwriting.