Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 13 September 1841

Fair Haven 13th Sept. 1841
Joseph Smith Esqr.
Dear Sir — Yours of 25th. ult. is recd. and permit me  to commence this by expressing my surprise at its contents— I am  as you suggest acquainted with the losses you sustained and the persi cutions you endured in Missouri and the consequent destitute condi tions of your people when they arrived in Illinois and invariably espou sed your cause in this section as an injured people and entitled to  public sympathy— The manner in which your preachers have been  received in many of the eastern States is conclusive evidence that  no hostility against your religious tenets exists here and I believe  a universal wish prevails that the Missourians should be pun ished for their inhuman outrages
Now as regards paying the interest upon the  debt in favour of Messrs. [Smith] Tuttle & [John] Gillet and myself I shall be very  explicit— You state that I pledged my honor not to call for the  interest under five years— In this you are entirely mistaken and the  contract would certainly destroy such an idea— At the time of  executing the papers it was mentioned by Mr [Sidney] Rigdon that a difficulty  might be experienced in paying the first years interest when due &  I said that I would not coerce its payment at maturity then—  This is all that was said upon the subject but when I saw you last  fall you spoke of the interest being defered <five years> and mentioned that I  would reccollect that to be the understanding but I told you that  I could not possibly remember it— You then proposed to pay the  whole debt by lands in Pennsylvania & New Jersey— I assented so [p. [1]]
Horace Hotchkiss, Letter, Fair Haven, CT, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 13 Sept. 1841; handwriting of Horace Hotchkiss; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.