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Letterbook 2

JS to Horace Hotchkiss • 10 December 1841

Copy of a letter to 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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Dated 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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, Decr. 10th 1841
H. 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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Esqr.
Dear Sir
Your two letters, dated Oct. 11th & Nov. 9th 1841 have both been recd. and that of the 9th Nov. is now before me.
I am glad that you are pleased with the proceedings of our last Conference, relative to the “Hotchkiss purchase

One of three major land acquisitions by LDS church on Nauvoo peninsula. Tract consisted of four to five hundred acres and included part of Commerce and all of planned Commerce City (now Nauvoo area). Property purchased for $114,500, Aug. 1839.

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”; concerning which, together with some unpleasant feeling which had originated, partly from a misunderstanding between us, and partly through the inefficiency, neglect, or sickness of Dr. Isaac Galland

15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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, I wrote to yr. friend and partner Esqr. Smith Tuttle, some time since, which no doubt you have seen before now, and with which I hope you are also satisfied.
I have handed your request to the Editor

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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of the “Times & Seasons”, who will forward you the papers desired,
I am glad that James Ivins

22 Mar. 1797–3 Apr. 1877. Farmer. Born in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. Son of Israel Ivins and Margaret Woodward. Married Mary Schenk. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, by 1842. Member of Nauvoo...

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settled with you the $2500— note, but sorry that you suffered yourself to lose in the sale of the land you had of him,
As regards the Cook’s Mills Tavern Stand, and the one hundred and thirty seven acres of pine land, which you propose to allow the church three thousand dollars for, I have to say in reply, that I have consulted, not only my own feelings as “Sole Trustee in trust” for the church, but also the feelings of those of the Church whose opinions I can always rely upon in such matters, and the conclusion is that thirty two hundred dollars is the least the property ought to be sold for. You can therefore, have it for three thousand two hundred, which is considerably less than it cost the church; we are willing to make a partial sacrifice in the property, but under the circumstances, think that you can afford to give us two hundred dollars more than you proposed.— The Health of our place is at this time pretty good, & we hope it may continue to improve with the improvement 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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.— I remain Very Respectfully &c.
Joseph Smith
pr. John S. Fullmer

21 July 1807–8 Oct. 1883. Farmer, newsman, postmaster, teacher, merchant. Born at Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass. Moved to Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, spring 1832. Married Mary Ann Price, 24 May 1837...

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JS to Horace Hotchkiss • 10 December 1841

Copy of a letter to H[orace] 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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 Dated 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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, Decr. 10th 1841
H. 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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Esqr.
Dear Sir
Your two letters,  dated Oct. 11th & Nov. 9th 1841 have both been recd.  and that of the 9th Nov. is now before me.
I am glad that you are pleased with the  proceedings of our last Conference, relative to the  Hotchkiss purchase

One of three major land acquisitions by LDS church on Nauvoo peninsula. Tract consisted of four to five hundred acres and included part of Commerce and all of planned Commerce City (now Nauvoo area). Property purchased for $114,500, Aug. 1839.

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”; concerning which, together with  some unpleasant feeling which had originated, partly from  a misunderstanding between us, and partly through the  inefficiency, neglect, or sickness of Dr. [Isaac] Galland

15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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, I wrote to yr.  friend and partner Esqr. [Smith] Tuttle, some time since, which no  doubt you have seen before now, and with which I hope  you are also satisfied.
I have handed your request to the Editor

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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 of the “Times & Seasons”, who will forward you the papers  desired,
I am glad that James Ivins

22 Mar. 1797–3 Apr. 1877. Farmer. Born in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. Son of Israel Ivins and Margaret Woodward. Married Mary Schenk. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, by 1842. Member of Nauvoo...

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settled with you  the $2500— note, but sorry that you suffered yourself  to lose in the sale of the land you had of him,
As regards the Cook’s Mills Tavern Stand, and the  one hundred and thirty seven acres of pine land, which  you propose to allow the church three thousand dollars  for, I have to say in reply, that I have consulted, not  only my own feelings as “Sole Trustee in trust” for the church,  but also the feelings of those of the Church whose  opinions I can always rely upon in such matters,  and the conclusion is that thirty two hundred dollars  is the least the property ought to be sold for. You can  therefore, have it for three thousand two hundred, which  is considerably less than it cost the church; we are  willing to make a partial sacrifice in the property,  but under the circumstances, think that you can  afford to give us two hundred dollars more than  you proposed.— The Health of our place is at this time  pretty good, & we hope it may continue to improve with the im provement 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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.— I remain Very Respectfully &c.
Joseph Smith
pr. J[ohn] S. Fullmer

21 July 1807–8 Oct. 1883. Farmer, newsman, postmaster, teacher, merchant. Born at Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass. Moved to Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, spring 1832. Married Mary Ann Price, 24 May 1837...

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, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.

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