Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 17 March 1840
- Source Note
On 17 March 1840, wrote this letter to JS and in an attempt to contact them in . Hotchkiss was a land speculator from who had partnered with and to sell to JS and other leaders much of the land in the newly platted town of , Illinois, on long-term credit.It is clear from ’s letter that the men repeatedly failed to connect during JS’s trip to the eastern , either in person or through correspondence. In this letter, Hotchkiss indicated that he had sent a letter to JS in “some time since.” Because he had not received a response, he sent a second letter, featured here. Still waiting for a reply two weeks later, Hotchkiss wrote a third time, on 1 April 1840. Neither Hotchkiss’s first letter nor JS’s responses to the three letters, if he wrote any, have been found.By the time wrote the 17 March letter, JS had already left , arriving at , Illinois, by 29 February 1840. However, , who was still in the nation’s capital, received the letter and responded to Hotchkiss, informing him that JS had returned to . The 17 March 1840 letter was presumably sent or carried to the Commerce area by Higbee and was subsequently copied by into JS Letterbook 2—likely sometime between the third week of April and the end of June 1840.