Agreement with William Law, 26 April 1841

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Article of Agreement made and entered into at the City of , Illinois, this twenty sixth day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty one, by and Between of the City of Illinois of the first part, and , , and , building Committee of The , of the second part, Witnesseth that the party of the first part, for and in considerations of the sums and amounts herein after mentioned, agreeth to build or cause to be built, a house to be Called the , near the foot of Main Street in the City of , aforesaid, <​on the Lot where the said is now commenced​> which said is to be built after the manner, size, order, and finish; expressed in the specification hereunto for affixed, and to be build as fast as the above named Committee shall furnish means,
And the party of the second part agreeth to pay to the party of the first part the sum of ninety-thousand dollars, to be paid in the following manner, from three thousand to five thousand dollars per month one fourth of which to be in Cash and three fourths in Merchandise and provisions; or any other trade which the party of the first part can dispose of, it is further agreed that the party of the second part shall furnish the Lumber, nails, Tin, glass and Door trimmings [p. [1]] which will be necessary for said , out of the three fourths which is to be in trade, at wholesale Cash price, the remaining part of the above three fourths to be delivered at wholesale price.
It is further understood that if the party of the second part shall desire to make any alteration from the specification hereunto affixed, that the party of the first part shall make such alteration, and should such alteration produce additional expense it is to be paid for, or if it reduces the original Cost of the building, it is to be deducted,
In witness of which the parties hereunto affix their names and seals the day and year above written
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Joseph Smith)
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Footnotes

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    The act of incorporation stated that this lot was the “south half of lot numbered fifty six.” The act’s designation of Nauvoo block 56 was likely erroneous, however, as the structure was built from the outset on block 156, on the south end of Main Street at the city’s southern wharf. (“An Act to Incorporate the Nauvoo House Association,” 23 Feb. 1841, copies certified by Stephen A. Douglas and Lyman Trumbull, CHL; Smith, “Symbol of Mormonism,” 117.)  

    “An Act to Incorporate the Nauvoo House Association,” 23 Feb. 1841. Copies certified by Stephen A. Douglas and Lyman Trumbull. CHL. MS 15558.

    Smith, Alex D. “Symbol of Mormonism: The Nauvoo Boarding House.” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 35, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 109–136.

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    Written specifications for the dimensions of the structure were as follows: “The River front 120 ft St front 120 ft Width 40 ft five Storys in highth including basement the basement Story stone the 4 remaining storys Brick built after Grecian Doric order,” which is a classical architectural style popular between 750 and 480 BC, featuring a simple column structure, visible in the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The specifications also called for shops and offices on the ground floor on the riverfront side of the five-story structure, as well as elegant parlors, a dining room, and rooms for visitors to stay on the floors above. The specifications, written in the hand of Lucien Woodworth, the original designer of the structure, were supplied in an enclosure to this agreement. There is no extant draft plan of the Nauvoo House with these specifications. Later architectural plans, drawn by William Weeks in 1845, are extant and drawn to different specifications. (Lucien Woodworth, Description of Nauvoo House, ca. 26 Apr. 1841, in Nauvoo House Association, Agreement and Specifications, 26 Apr. 1841, CHL; Council of Fifty, “Record,” 22 Mar. 1845; Weeks, Nauvoo House Architectural Drawings, 1845; Smith, “Symbol of Mormonism,” 118–120.)  

    Nauvoo House Association. Agreement and Specifications, 26 Apr. 1841. CHL.

    Weeks, William. Nauvoo House Architectural Drawings, 1845. Architect’s Office, Nauvoo House, 1845. CHL.

    Smith, Alex D. “Symbol of Mormonism: The Nauvoo Boarding House.” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 35, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 109–136.

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    The building’s specifications, enclosed with this agreement, noted the need for some of these building materials: “The windows doors and base for the whole House flores plastering glaseing painting trimings Locks including all the items to perfect the completion of said House roof made of tin Laid in the best manner.” (Lucien Woodworth, Description of Nauvoo House, ca. 26 Apr. 1841, in Nauvoo House Association, Agreement and Specifications, 26 Apr. 1841, CHL.)  

    Nauvoo House Association. Agreement and Specifications, 26 Apr. 1841. CHL.

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    Signatures of William Law, George Miller, John Snider, and Peter Haws.  

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    TEXT: Every instance of “Seal” from here until the end of the document is enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    This blank space was meant for Lyman Wight’s signature. Wight was in Nauvoo earlier in April for the church’s general conference, where he was accepted as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but his whereabouts on 26 April are unknown. (See Minutes, 7–11 Apr. 1841.)  

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    TEXT: Each of the following signatures appears to be in the handwriting of the signatory.