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Letter from Hiram Barney, 24 January 1842

improving city of Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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renders it immensely valuable— I suppose that building lots there are worth, at least, one hundred dollars each, and if you allow Twelve to the acre you have the value of $1,200 to the acre for the 20 acres of $24,000 for the property— I have no doubt but that the building lots would readily sell & be improved if the title could be given at one hundred dollars per lot— But there are some unpleasant questions connected with the title which serve to annoy Mr Fisher residing as he does 2,000 miles distant and depending almost entirely upon agents to conduct his business. These things make it for his interest to dispose of that property at a low rate to one who can make the utmost value from it.
It would be agreeable to Mr Fisher to receive some money in payment for the lands but the bulk of the purchase money would be received in eastern property real and personal at a fair valuation
Be so obliging as to inform me whether the man who menaced your life & who escaped from the marshall during his trial, has ever received his merits?— H. B.
The law suit pending there (or which was pending but is abated by the death of Mr Doyle) would not disturb you in the poss [p. [2]]
improving city of Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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renders it immensely  valuable— I suppose that building lots there  are worth, at least, one hundred dollars each,  and if you allow Twelve to the acre you  have the value of $1,200 to the acre for the 20  acres of $24,000 for the property— I have no  doubt but that the building lots would  readily sell & be improved if the title could  be given at one hundred dollars per lot—  But there are some unpleasant questions con nected with the title which serve to annoy  Mr Fisher residing as he does 2,000 miles  distant and depending almost entirely upon  agents to conduct his business. These things  make it for his interest to dispose of that  property at a low rate to one who can make  the utmost value from it.
It would be agreeable to Mr Fisher to  receive some money in payment for the lands  but the bulk of the purchase money would  be received in eastern property real and  personal at a fair valuation
<Be so obliging as to inform me whether the man who menaced your  life & who escaped from the marshall during his trial, has ever received  his merits?— H. B.>
The law suit pending there (or which  was pending but is abated by the death of Mr  Doyle) would not disturb you in the poss [p. [2]]
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Hiram Barney, Letter, New York City

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, NY, to JS, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 24 Jan. 1842; handwriting presumably of Hiram Barney; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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