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Letter from Smith Tuttle, circa 15 September 1841

New-Haven Sept. 1841
Rev. J. Smith
Dr Sir. My friend H[orace] R. Hotchkiss recd. a letter from you  a few days since dated 25 Aug. in relation to the property he sold  you & in which you probably know that myself & John Gillet  had some interest & which must be my apology for wri ting you— You Knowing as I do Mr Hotchkiss’ feelings toward you  I was surprized to hear you accuse him of wishing to crush you in the  germ— You have not a firmer friend in this part of the Country  than Mr Hotchkiss— I will state what has taken place in relation to  the interest due us, I will endeavor to do it in such a manner as to  be understood although not briliant in style— As you state your broth er Hiram [Hyrum Smith] & Dr [Isaac] Galland called on us about the last of March in rela tion to the amt due us & proposed giving us lands in N Jersey & Pennsylava nia for a part or the whole of our claim as they could arrange for them  The proposition to me was sudden (as I stated to them) and I did not like  to agree to it without consulting Mr Gillet (now a resident of your State) on  the subject, but agreed to take lands for two yrs interest as proposed that  would yield us six per cent Interest— On leaving us it was agreed that  Dr Galland should carry out the arrangement as your brother Hyram  was then going home (to Nauvoo)— Dr Galland said he wished to go  to Washington on business (I think the Indian Agency) & on his return to  Philadelphia in a few days he would write us & we were to meet  him there & carry out the arrangement— We waited some time but  hearing nothing from Dr G. Mr Hotchkiss wrote him both at Phila. &  Washington but got no reply & we remained in this state of suspense  untill (I think) 26th July, about 4 months when we received a letter  from Dr G. from N. York stating that he was then on his way to Nauvoo  & that your brother Wm [Smith] at New Egypt N. J. would transfer a house & some  land to him to apply on his individual note for $2500 which was signed  by Jas [Ivins] & Charles Ivins, but did not even allude to the arrangement we  had made in the Spring in relation to our interest, although I think  he stated that he had recd one of Mr H.s letters.— under these circum stances we felt disappointed & neglected & could not account for the course  pursued & under the impressions caused by this disappointment Mr H.  wrote you— You will see therefore that we have never had an opportunity  to receive any lands. & I have no doubt that if the first arrangement had
 
[Written sideways on left side of page in red ink] and in relation to your prospects generally— I ought perhaps to mention that after the arrangement with your Brother & Dr. Galland last spring I was so  confident of carrying their proposition in to effect that I relinquished my store when I was doing a good business with a view of being able to attend  to the property which we might receive from them— This of course does not concern you but it adds to my disappointment— I hope & trust  that in our future arrangements we shall neither of us have cause to complain— With my best wishes for your future welfare I remain  your obedt servt
Smith Tuttle [p. [1]]
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Smith Tuttle, Letter, New Haven, CT, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, ca. 15 Sept. 1841; presumably handwriting of Smith Tuttle; five pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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