Promissory Note from Lorenzo Young, 9 April 1838

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April 9th 1838
I hereby certify that I in company with have had forty dollers of Joseph Smith Jr which we are in Justice bound to pay to him when he calls for it with use
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9th July 1838
Rec— on the within five dollers [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    In this context, “use” apparently means usury, or interest. (“Usury,” in American Dictionary.)  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit, I. the Origin, Affinities and Primary Signification of English Words, as far as They Have Been Ascertained. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

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    Signature of Lorenzo Young.  

  3. 2

    As was common practice, JS likely issued a receipt to Young and Decker for this partial payment; the receipt is apparently not extant. (See, for example, Receipt from Samuel Musick, 14 July 1838.)