. Nov: 23rd. 1841.
Genl. Joseph Smith
Messrs [James] Halsted, [Richard] Haines & Co. of , have placed in our hands for collection, two promissory notes, signed by yourself and thirty one other individuals, both of said notes dated , Sept 1st. 1837, one for $2323.66 and the other for $2395.57 cents.
Not wishing to give you unnecessary trouble in the premises, we have thought proper to advise you that the notes were in our hands, and to ask, when it will suit your convenience to make payment?
If part of the demand could be paid us now, and the residue secured upon real Estate, we would take the [r]esponsibility of giving a reasonable extension of time
We are Sir. very Respectfully your friends
[Orville] Browning & [Nehemiah] Bushnell
P. S. Will you oblige us by an answer at your earliest convenience
B. & B [p. ]