Letterbook 2

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excited, but so far as I can learn from the expression of public opinion the excitement is confined to the Mormons themselves, and onley extends to the Community at large as a matter of curiosity and wonder.
very respectfully your obt. Servt.
Genl. Joseph Smith jr.
Letter to Horace Hotchkiss • 26 November 1842
Copy of a Letter to Esqr.
November 26th. 1842
Esqr
Dr. Sir. Yours of the 8th. inst. to has been received and in consequence of his not knowing any thing concerning the matters therin mentioned nor being in any ways connected or interested in my affairs he of course has handed the letter to me which I shall proceed to answer And sir permit me to say on the subject of the deal between myself as Trustee in Trust for the church of Latter day Saints and you that I am as anxious as ever to have the contract continue good between us, and to meet the obligations specified in the contract. I am not, neither have I ever been wishful to shrink from it in any form whatever, but intend to make payments as fast as my circumstances will admit. But sir, you are not unacquainted with the extreme hardships of the times, and the great scarcity of money, and which put it out of my power to meet all the payments as they fell due, and which has been the only cause of any failure on my part, and should you feel disposed not to press the payments but offer a lenity equivalent to the state of the times, then sir, I shall yet endeavour to make up the payments as fast as possible, and consider the contract still good between us. I would here say that when I found it necessary to avail myself of the benefits of the Bankrupt Law I knew not but that the law required of me to include you amongst the list of my creditors, notwithstanding the nature of the contract between us, this explains the reason of my doing so. I have since learned from a decision of the Judge of the supreme court that it was not necessary, and that the Law has no jurisdiction over such a contract, consequently, as I have before stated I am disposed to hold it providing you will not press the payments. Under these circumstances I consider it unnecessary to give you the information required in your letter in regard to the number and kind of houses on the land &c. I shall expect to hear from you again soon. In regard to your having wrote to me some few weeks ago I will observe that [p. 241]
excited, but so far as I can learn from the expression of public opinion the excitement is confined to the Mormons themselves, and onley extends to the Community at large as a matter of curiosity and wonder.
very respectfully your obt. Servt.
Genl. Joseph Smith jr.
Letter to Horace Hotchkiss • 26 November 1842
Copy of a Letter to Esqr.
November 26th. 1842
Esqr
Dr. Sir. Yours of the 8th. inst. to has been received and in consequence of his not knowing any thing concerning the matters therin mentioned nor being in any ways connected or interested in my affairs he of course has handed the letter to me which I shall proceed to answer And sir permit me to say on the subject of the deal between myself as Trustee in Trust for the church of Latter day Saints and you that I am as anxious as ever to have the contract continue good between us, and to meet the obligations specified in the contract. I am not, neither have I ever been wishful to shrink from it in any form whatever, but intend to make payments as fast as my circumstances will admit. But sir, you are not unacquainted with the extreme hardships of the times, and the great scarcity of money, and which put it out of my power to meet all the payments as they fell due, and which has been the only cause of any failure on my part, and should you feel disposed not to press the payments but offer a lenity equivalent to the state of the times, then sir, I shall yet endeavour to make up the payments as fast as possible, and consider the contract still good between us. I would here say that when I found it necessary to avail myself of the benefits of the Bankrupt Law I knew not but that the law required of me to include you amongst the list of my creditors, notwithstanding the nature of the contract between us, this explains the reason of my doing so. I have since learned from a decision of the Judge of the supreme court that it was not necessary, and that the Law has no jurisdiction over such a contract, consequently, as I have before stated I am disposed to hold it providing you will not press the payments. Under these circumstances I consider it unnecessary to give you the information required in your letter in regard to the number and kind of houses on the land &c. I shall expect to hear from you again soon. In regard to your having wrote to me some few weeks ago I will observe that [p. 241]
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