Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 28 July 1840
- Source Note
On 28 July 1840, JS wrote to regarding land purchases in the , Illinois, area. Hotchkiss was a land speculator from and one of the men from whom the had purchased extensive tracts of land in , Illinois, in summer 1839. Hotchkiss wrote to JS on 1 April 1840 and again sometime during June, suggesting in both letters the possibility of selling to the Latter-day Saints additional land in the area (southeast of Nauvoo), in the area (northeast of Nauvoo), or in both areas. In this response to Hotchkiss’s June letter, JS briefly discussed the Rock River land offer and outlined the difficulty church leaders would have in punctually making the initial payments on a separate property of about four hundred acres they had purchased from Hotchkiss the previous year. Nevertheless, JS promised Hotchkiss that the church would make the payments as soon as possible. JS also informed Hotchkiss that he had recently paid the full amount due to for another parcel of land that the church had purchased from Hotchkiss and White.The original letter is apparently not extant. This version, which copied into JS Letterbook 2 probably around the time the letter was sent, does not include an address for , but the letter was likely mailed to Hotchkiss’s residence in , Connecticut. If Hotchkiss sent a response to this letter, it has not been located.