Agreement with Ebenezer Robinson, 4 February 1842

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Know all Men by these presats [presents] that Whereas, of , county of Hancock, and state of Illinois, have this day purchased of of the same place, his entire Printing Establishment, Book Bindery, Stereotype foundry, Books stationary and binding situate in the City of , for the sum of six Thousand and six hundred Dollars. Now know ye, that we and , of the place aforesaid, agree to pay or cause to be paid to the said the sum above specified in manner and terms following to wit: six hundred Dollars in cash in two weeks from date, four hundred Dollars on or before the last day of March next and four hundred on or before the last day of April next AD. 1842. The remainder to be paid in property as follows. We agree to pay or cause to be paid the debt due Joseph Smith from the said also, the debt due to Agnes M. [Coolbrith] Smith: the residue to be paid in city Lots, Dry goods, Live stock, or other property as we can agree, all amounting to the sum of six thousand six hundred Dollars.
In witness whereof, we have here unto set our hands and seals, this 4th day of February, A. D. 1842.
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Received Feb 4th <​1842​> on the within two hundred dollars in cash—— $200,
Also, Received same date, 3 yoke of oxen & 8 cows— value Two hundred and ninety six dollars ——296,
Also, by entry to my credit on the eight hundred dollars— 8,00,
Also, two shares in the ,— Nos 65 & 67.— fifty dollars each 100,
also, same date, Received a deed of three fourth of Lot No four <​in​> Block 126. of City value one thousand dollars.— 1000,
Received, in cash, on the within, eighty dollars per hand . Feb 14, 1842. 80,
Received Feb 24th 1842— on Settlement with Joseph Smith, one thousand, and fifty five dollars & ninety one cents. 1055.91
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    This may refer to the $1,055.91 payment received on 24 February 1842, as recorded below.  

  2. 2

    Sometime after her husband, Don Carlos Smith, died in early August 1841, Agnes Smith sold her interest in the Times and Seasons to Robinson. It appears that JS assumed the balance of the debt that Robinson owed Agnes Smith. An entry in JS’s account book suggests that the debt was not fully satisfied until January 1844. (Ebenezer Robinson, “Items of Personal History of the Editor,” Return, July 1890, 302; JS, Daybook, 9 Jan. 1844, 93.)  

    The Return. Davis City, IA, 1889–1891; Richmond, MO, 1892–1893; Davis City, 1895–1896; Denver, 1898; Independence, MO, 1899–1900.

    Smith, Joseph. Daybook, 1842–1844. Iowa Masonic Library, Cedar Rapids. Microfilm copy at CHL. MS 8461.

  3. 3

    On 28 February 1842 JS deeded land located on Nauvoo city block 150 to Robinson’s wife, Angelina Works Robinson; he also deeded land to Ebenezer Robinson on city block 125 on 26 April 1842. It is possible that the sale of these properties—with a combined value of $700—was related to the sale of the printing establishment. (Hancock Co., IL, Deed Records, 1817–1917, vol. L, pp. 25–26, microfilm 954,599, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  4. 4

    Given that hard money (or specie) was scarce in Illinois during this period, “cash” may refer to one or more promissory notes. (Edward Hunter, Nauvoo, IL, to “Respected Uncle,” 6 May 1841, photocopy, Edward Hunter, Collection, ca. 1798–1965, CHL; “State Bank of Illinois,” Times and Seasons, 15 Mar. 1842, 3:728.)  

    Hunter, Edward. Collection, ca. 1798–1965. Photocopy and typescript. CHL.

  5. 5

    Robinson, quoting from his contemporary account book, later indicated that he was paid “by live stock delivered to Wm. Marks,” likely indicating that Robinson owed a debt to Marks. (Ebenezer Robinson, “Items of Personal History of the Editor,” Return, Oct. 1890, 346.)  

    The Return. Davis City, IA, 1889–1891; Richmond, MO, 1892–1893; Davis City, 1895–1896; Denver, 1898; Independence, MO, 1899–1900.

  6. 6

    The credit was recorded in a 4 February 1842 entry in the Book of the Law of the Lord: “Received of Ebenezer Robinson $800 as consecration and labour Tithing for the present year, to be reckoned out of the printing establishment sold Willard Richard.” (Book of the Law of the Lord, 72.)  

  7. 7

    A January 1841 revelation directed church members to build a boardinghouse where “strangers may come from afar to lodge therein.” On 23 February 1841 the Nauvoo House Association was incorporated, and the building was largely financed by the sale of stock in the association. Stock shares were valued at $50 each. The specific notes referred to here were originally purchased by Hyrum Smith on 18 May 1841. (Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841 [D&C 124:23]; An Act to Incorporate the Nauvoo House Association [23 Feb. 1841], Laws of the State of Illinois [1840–1841], p. 131, sec. 3; Nauvoo House Association, Stock Book, 18 May 1842, certificate nos. 65, 67, Nauvoo House Association, Records, CHL.)  

    Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Twelfth General Assembly, at Their Session, Began and Held at Springfield, on the Seventh of December, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty. Springfield, IL: William Walters, 1841.

    Nauvoo House Association. Stock Book, 1841–1845. Nauvoo House Association, Records, 1841–1846. CHL. MS 2375, box 5, fd. 1.

  8. 8

    This property was located near the northwest corner of Main and Parley streets in Nauvoo. Records housed in the Hancock County recorder’s office date this transaction 2 February 1842. (Hancock Co., IL, Deed Book, vol. K, pp. 89–90, Hancock County Clerk’s and Recorder’s Office, Carthage, IL.)  

    Hancock Co., IL. Deed Records, 1817–1917. Hancock County Clerk’s and Recorder’s Office, Carthage, IL.

  9. 9

    Robinson later noted that his account book dated this transaction 25 February 1842. (Ebenezer Robinson, “Items of Personal History of the Editor,” Return, Oct. 1890, 346.)  

    The Return. Davis City, IA, 1889–1891; Richmond, MO, 1892–1893; Davis City, 1895–1896; Denver, 1898; Independence, MO, 1899–1900.

  10. 10

    A 23 February 1842 entry in JS’s journal notes, “assisted in the counting room in settling with E. Robinson Esqr.” Robinson later noted that his account book dated this transaction 22 February 1842. (JS, Journal, 23 Feb. 1842; Ebenezer Robinson, “Items of Personal History of the Editor,” Return, Oct. 1890, 346.)  

    The Return. Davis City, IA, 1889–1891; Richmond, MO, 1892–1893; Davis City, 1895–1896; Denver, 1898; Independence, MO, 1899–1900.