Promissory Note to Horace Hotchkiss, 12 August 1839–W
[, JS, and ], Promissory Note, , Hancock Co., IL, to , 12 Aug. 1839; handwriting of ; probable signatures of , JS, and (now missing); one page; JS Collection, CHL.One leaf measuring 3½ × 7¾ inches (9 × 20 cm), with ten printed lines. The top edge of the leaf was unevenly hand cut, presumably from a larger sheet of paper. The document was folded twice for transmission or filing. The note was likely returned to JS when it was voided, whereupon the signatures were removed and the note was filed with JS’s other papers in , Illinois. Presumably, the note has remained in continuous institutional custody since then.
On 12 August 1839, JS, , and signed three promissory notes in connection with a bond for land they arranged to purchase that day from . This bond was one of two that the entered into with Hotchkiss on 12 August for land in and around , Illinois. Hotchkiss created the bonds for the two transactions; the bond associated with the three promissory notes was for land that Hotchkiss arranged to purchase from . One of these promissory notes—for $1,000—was given to White. The two other notes—for $1,250 each—were payable to Hotchkiss; one was due in five years, and the other, featured here, was due in ten years. In April 1840, JS and his paid White, who provided the men with a deed for the specified land. On 23 October 1840, the First Presidency renegotiated the two notes for Hotchkiss by combining the two payments into one new note for $2,500, due in eight months. As part of this new agreement, the signatures of the First Presidency were removed from the featured promissory note, indicating the note had been voided.
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