Promissory Note from John L. Butler, 1 November 1839–A
, Promissory Note, , Hancock Co., IL, to JS, , and , 1 Nov. 1839; handwriting of ; signature of ; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes archival markings.
One leaf, measuring 11½ × 7½ inches (29 × 19 cm). The leaf was originally the first leaf of a bifolium of these same measurements, but the second leaf was cut off. The recto contains four promissory notes, of which the text featured here is the first; the verso is blank. The second bifolium leaf, still located with the first, is blank on the recto and contains a fifth promissory note on the verso.
The note may have been submitted as a freewill offering or tithing to . The document, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by Whitney, was inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University between 1969 and 1974.
On or before the first day of November one thousand Eight hundred and forty four— For value recd— I promis to pay to Messrs Joseph Smith Jun & or order the sum of Eighty Seven dollars & fifty cents and interest to be paid annually on the first of Nov