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Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 28 July 1840

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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July 28th. 1840
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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Dear Sir. I acknowledge the receipt of yours last month giving me the numbers of the land on Rock river, which you felt disposed to sell. In reply to which I have to say that we have not yet examined the land and consequently have not arrived at any conclusions respecting it, but it is probable that some of my friends will visit it this fall and if we should think it wisdom to locate there or on the other tract you will be informed of the same and arrangement entered into.
I am sorry that your health has been so poor but hope ere this you are perfectly recovered. It would afford me great pleasure indeed could I hold out any prospect of the two notes due next month being met at maturity or even this fall. Having had considerable difficulty (necessarily consequent on a new Settlement) to contend with, as well as poverty and considerable Sickness, our first payment will probably be somewhat delayed until we again get a good start in the world— which I am happy to say, that the prospect is indeed favorable. under these circumstances we shall have to claim your indulgence which I have no doubt will be extended. How ever every exrtion on our part shall be made to meet the demands against us— so that if we cannot accomplish all we wish to it will it will “be our misfortune, and not our fault.” Notwithstanding the impoverished condition of our people and the adverse circumstances under which we have had to labor. I hope we shall eventually rise above them and again enjoy the blessings of health, peace and plenty.
You are informed in a former letter that we had paid Mr William White the one thousand dollars specified in your bond, a few days ago he called at this place and agreed to give us a deed for the ninety acres (less one half acre) provided I would give him an indemnifying bond and pay the interest due from you to him on the one thousand dollars which I agreed to do. I have therefore got the deed for the land and paid him the interest. My reasons for doing so were these, there are some who wish to purchase lots provided they can get a [p. 162]
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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July 28th. 1840
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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Dear Sir. I acknowledge the  receipt of yours last month giving me the numbers of the  land on Rock river, which you felt disposed to sell. In reply  to which I have to say that we have not yet examined the land  and consequently have not arrived at any conclusions respecting  it, but it is probable that some of my friends will visit it this  fall and if we should think it wisdom to locate there or on the  other tract you will be informed of the same and arrangement  entered into. I
I am sorry that your health has been so poor but hope  ere this you are perfectly recovered. It would afford me great  pleasure indeed could I hold out any prospect of the two notes  due next month being met at maturity or even this fall. Having  had considerable difficulty (necessarily consequent on a new  Settlement) to contend with, as well as poverty and considerable  Sickness, our first payment will probably be somewhat delayed  until we again get a good start in the world— which I am happy  to say, that the prospect is indeed favorable. under these  circumstances we shall have to claim your indulgence  which I have no doubt will be extended. How ever every  exrtion on our part shall be made to meet the demands against  us— so that if we cannot accomplish all we wish to it will  it will “be our misfortune, and not our fault.” Notwithstanding  the impoverished condition of our people and the adverse circum stances under which we have had to labor. I hope we shall even tually rise above them and again enjoy the blessings of health,  peace and plenty.
You are informed in a former letter that we had paid  Mr William White the one thousand dollars specified in your  bond, a few days ago he called at this place and agreed to give  us a deed for the ninety acres (less one half acre) provided I would  give him an indemnifying bond and pay the interest due from  you to him on the one thousand dollars which I agreed to do.  I have therefore got the deed for the land and paid him the  interest. My reasons for doing so were these, there were are some  who wish to purchase lots provided they can get a [p. 162]
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JS, letter, 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, to 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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, 28 July 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 162–163; JS Collection, CHL.

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