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Agreement with Isaac Hale, 6 April 1829

Oliver Cowdery handwriting begins.  

 
This Agreement made and Concluded this 6th day of  April Ano Domini one thousand eight hundred and  twenty nine Between Isaac Hale of the Township of Harmony  in the County of Susquehanna and State of Pennsy[l]vania of  the one part and Joseph Smith Jun. of the Township County  and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that  the said Isaac Hale hereby Covenants and agrees to sell and  convey to the said Joseph Smith Jun. his Heirs Executors  Administrators or assigns by a good and sufficient Deed  containing a General Warranty all that certain piece or  parcel of land with its appurtenances situate lying and being  in the Township of Harmony in the County of Susquehanna and <State> of  Pennsy[l]vania and butted bounded and described as follows  Viz. Begining at a Post on the North side bank of the Susquehann[a]  River thence North half a degree West one hundred & eleven  perches to a post thence North eighty nine and a half degrees East  twenty perches to a post thence South half a degree East one hund red and nineteen perches to a Sugar tree on the Bank of said  River thence down the River to Bank to the place of Begining  Containing in the whole thirteen Acres and eighty Rods be the  same more or less, In consideration and for the some <sum> of two  hundred Dollars to be paid in the following Parshal [partial] payme[n] ts Viz. one Hundred & fourteen Dollars to be paid by the first  of May 1829, and the remainder the first of May 1830  For the due performance of the covenants and agreements  afore said the said parties hereby bind themself themselves their  Heirs executors Administrators and assigns each to the other  respectfully respectively in the penal sum of four hundred  Dollars to be paid by the party delinquent to the party  complaining In Witness wher[e] of they have hereunto  set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Signed Sealed and)Joseph Smith Jr.Signed
Delivered in presence)Isaac Hale

Original signatures of JS, Isaac Hale, Oliver Cowdery, and Samuel Smith.  

 
Sealed
of)
Oliver H P Cowdery)
Samuel H Smith)
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Oliver Cowdery, a schoolteacher and recent acquaintance of the Smith family in New York, journeyed to Harmony, Pennsylvania, expressly to meet JS. Cowdery arrived on 5 April 1829, and the next day JS purchased fourteen acres of land in Harmony from Isaac Hale, his father-in-law. Cowdery drafted this agreement and the following day began his service as transcriber for much of the Book of Mormon.
The lot, directly adjoining Isaac Hale’s property, included a small house in which JS and his wife Emma lived and where the translation occurred. Oliver Cowdery may have provided some of the first payment, sixty-four dollars toward the two-hundred-dollar purchase price, presented to Hale when this agreement was signed. Hale was paid in full on 25 August 1830.

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