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Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 25 August 1841

into an arrangement according to the power that I had deligated to them, That you would not receive any of the principal at all, but the interest alone, which we never considered ourselves, in honor or in justice bound to pay under the expiration of five years, I presumed you are no stranger, to the part of the City

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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plat we bought of you, it being a deathly sickly hole, and that we have not been able in consequence to realize any valuable consideration from it, Although we have been keeping up appearances, and holding out inducements, to encourage emigration that we scarcely think justifiable in consequence of the mortality, that almost invariably awaits those who come from far distant parts, and that with a view to enable us to meet our engagements, And now to be goaded by you for a breach of good faith and neglect, and dishonorable conduct seems to me to be almost beyond endurance, you are aware that we came from Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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destitute of every thing but physical form, and had nothing but our energies and perseverence to rely upon to meet the payment of the extortionate sum, that you exacted for the Land. that we had of you, Have you no feelings of commisseration, or is it your design to crush us, with a ponderous load before we are able to walk, or can you better dispose of the [p. [2]]
into an arrangement according to the power that  I had deligated to them, That you would not receive  any of the principal at all, but the interest alone, which we  never considered ourselves, in honor or in justice  bound to pay under the expiration of five  years, I presumed you are no stranger, to the part  of the City

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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plat we bought of you, it being a  deathly sickly hole, and that we have not been  able in consequence to realize any valuable con sideration from it, Although we have been keeping  up appearances, and holding out inducements, to  encourage emigration that we scarcely think justifiable  in consequence of the mortality, that almost  invariably awaits those who come from far  distant parts, <and> at that with a view to enable  us to meet our engagements, And now to be  goaded by you for a breach of good faith  and neglect, and dishonorable conduct seems  to me to be almost beyond endurance, you  are aware that we came from Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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destitute  of every thing but physical form, and had nothing  but our energies and perseverence to rely upon to meet  the payment of the extortionate sum, that you  exacted for the Land. that we had of you,  Have you no feelings of commisseration, or is it your  design to crush us, with a ponderous load before we  are able to walk, or can you better dispose of the [p. [2]]
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