Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 1 April 1840

enterprise. These constitue a capital which can never  be shaken by man, and form the basis of all  that is great in commercial influence on in the  attainment of pecuniary power—
Judge Higbee informs me that Mr.  [Sidney] Rigdon is probably in New Jersey, it would have  afforded me much pleasure, to have seen you all  at my house, and it was my intention, to spend  some time at Washington while you were there; but  my health has been so very infirm, that it has  prevented me form [from] executing nearly all the arrange ments, I had proposed for myself, for the last eight  months. Knowing the aditions constantly joining  your society, it has occurred to me, that some of  them may be unprovided with farming lands;  and I mention at this time, that I am interested  in a Tract of about 12000 acres of very choice lands con sisting of timber and prairie, fifteen or twenty miles  from Springfield, upon which Mr. Gillet and several  other families are settled, and cultivating most excel lent farms— it is in one of the best neighborhoods in  the State— I do not know what my copartners in  this tract would say about disposing of what remains  unsold of the tract (say eight to nine thousand acres)  but I should be disposed to sell upon reasonable  terms, provided from twenty to forty families valuable for  their prudence industry, and good habits from your  society, can be found to form a small colony of  practical farmers— I am also interested with the  same gentleman in lands near Rock River, in Henry  and Mercer Counties, and believe this would on many  accounts an other extremely desirable place or location  for a colony of your people— I have said nothing to  those owning with me relative to this Subject, but  suppose they would be governed materially by two  considerations; namely the characters of the purchasers  and the fact of their being actual setlers or not—  If you think two small colonies of the right sort  can be formed from your society, you will oblige [p. 124]
Horace Hotchkiss, letter, Fair Haven, CT, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 1 Apr. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 123–125; JS Collection, CHL.