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Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 13 September 1841

property I sold being a “deathly sickly hole” and the “extortionate price I exacted” was I presume written without reflection— I cannot immagine why it should be more unhealthy than the lands immediatley adjoining and if causes of sickness exist there that do not in other portions 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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what are those causes?— The price for this property was at the time has been since and I beleive always will be considered exceedingly reasonable and you will unquestionably remember that I proposed at the time retaining every other lot and only selling one half the property— Does this look like extortion?— But how could I extort?— And what could I exact?— You had then made no purchase of me and I neither exacted or extorted any thing from you but offered you property at a certain price which property you examined to your entire satisfaction and after this examination agreed to pay the price asked— A free and voluntary act on your part most assuredly— My dear sir I beg you will not accuse me of extortion in such a transaction as this— Nothing on earth can be remote from exaction— Was there any compulsion?
You allude again to the proposal of our taking land in the Atlantic states which will yeild six pr. ct. interest— You will do me the justice to acknowledge that I some time since wrote you that I had consulted Mr Tuttle and that we would receive payment if you chose for our whole debt in that manner— I have been at the expense of two journies to Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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— thrown in the interest upon the Wm White debt and been twice to New Jersey and have never yet recd. from you one dollar and still you complain of my goading without cause and attempting to crush you before you have acquired strength for carrying a burthen— Why you cannot be serious— There is not the slightest foundation for such charges— Is it not right that I should be paid my interest? And may I not in kindness suggest the methods by which it can be accomplished?— ’Tis not credible that you can object to this— Do you doubt my being a friend because I want my money for family expenses?— We view things differently here
Yours Truly Horace R. Hotchkiss

15 Apr. 1799–21 Apr. 1849. Merchant, land speculator. Born in East Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Heman Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Rowe. Moved to New Haven, New Haven Co., by 1815. Married Charlotte Austin Street, 22 Feb. 1824, in East Haven. Purchased...

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property I sold being a “deathly sickly hole” and the “extor tionate price I exacted” was I presume written without reflection — I cannot immagine why it should be more unhealthy than the  lands immediatley adjoining and if reasons <causes of sickness> exist there that do not  in other portions 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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what are those reasons <causes>?— The price  for this property was at the time has been since and I beleive always will  be considered exceedingly reasonable and you will unquestionably remem ber that I proposed at the time retaining every other lot and only selling  one half the property— Does this look like extortion?— But how  could I extort?— And what could I exact?— You had then  made no purchase of me and I neither exacted or extorted any  thing from you but offered you property at a certain price which  property you examined to your entire satisfaction and after this e[x] amination agreed to pay the price asked— A free and voluntary  act on your part most assuredly— My dear sir I beg you will not  accuse me of extortion in such a transaction as this— Nothing on  earth can be remote from exaction— Was there any compulsion?
You allude again to the proposal of our taking  land in the Atlantic states which will yeild six pr. ct. interest— You  will do me the justice to acknowledge that I some time since wrote  you that I had consulted Mr Tuttle and that we would receive  payment if you chose for our whole debt in that manner— I have  been at the expense of two journies to Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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— thrown in the interest upon  the Wm White debt and been twice to New Jersey and have never yet recd.  from you one dollar and still <you> complain of my goading without cause  and attempting to crush you before you have acquired strength  for carrying a burthen— Why you cannot be serious— There  is not the slightest foundation for such charges— Is it not right  that I should be paid my interest? And may I not in kindness  suggest the methods by which it can be accomplished?— ’Tis not  credible that you can object to this— Do you doubt my being a  friend because I want my money for family expenses?— We view things  differently here
Yours Truly Horace R. Hotchkiss

15 Apr. 1799–21 Apr. 1849. Merchant, land speculator. Born in East Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Heman Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Rowe. Moved to New Haven, New Haven Co., by 1815. Married Charlotte Austin Street, 22 Feb. 1824, in East Haven. Purchased...

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Horace Hotchkiss

15 Apr. 1799–21 Apr. 1849. Merchant, land speculator. Born in East Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Heman Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Rowe. Moved to New Haven, New Haven Co., by 1815. Married Charlotte Austin Street, 22 Feb. 1824, in East Haven. Purchased...

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, Letter, Fair Haven, CT, 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, 13 Sept. 1841; handwriting of Horace Hotchkiss

15 Apr. 1799–21 Apr. 1849. Merchant, land speculator. Born in East Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Heman Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Rowe. Moved to New Haven, New Haven Co., by 1815. Married Charlotte Austin Street, 22 Feb. 1824, in East Haven. Purchased...

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; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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