Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 April 1842

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12 April 1842
Joseph Smith Esqr.
Dr Sir— Yours of 10th. is at hand— I am at this time exceedingly busy and shall therefore reply in very few words— Mr [Smith] Tuttle has written to relative to the lands in his vicinity and we shall soon know the opinion of upon the subject of their value— I am aware of the total failure of the State Bank of and can readily perceive that it leaves your without a sound currency but being a stockholder in that Bank I will receive in payment of interest say three to six <​thousand​> dollars of the notes of this institution at par and if you or your friends should not have it on hand you can no doubt borrow it on very favourable terms—
With the highest Respect I am your Obt Sevt
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Rev. Jos. Smith
Hancock County
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    Though this letter and others from Hotchkiss to JS, as well as from Hotchkiss to his business partners, are addressed from or have a postal stamp from Fair Haven, Connecticut, Hotchkiss gave his legal place of residence as nearby New Haven. (Bonds from Horace Hotchkiss, 12 Aug. 1839–A and B.)  

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    In his 10 March 1842 letter to Hotchkiss, JS stated that Dr. Barton Robinson “has property in the neighbourhood of Mr Gillet to the amount of $5,000. and proposes an exchange for property in Nauvoo, and I understand Mr Gillett is willing to take the property.” Gillet lived in Lake Fork, Logan County, Illinois. (Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 10 Mar. 1842; John Gillet, Lake Fork, IL, to Smith Tuttle, Fair Haven, CT, 10 June 1841, Gillett Family Papers, 1736–1904, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.)  

    Gillett Family Papers, 1736–1904. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.

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    Describing the failure of the Illinois State Bank in February 1842, former governor Thomas Ford wrote that the devaluation of specie left the people “almost entirely without a circulating medium.” (Ford, History of Illinois, 223; and “State Bank of Illinois,” Times and Seasons, 15 Mar. 1842, 3:728–729.)  

    Ford, Thomas. A History of Illinois, from Its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847. Containing a Full Account of the Black Hawk War, the Rise, Progress, and Fall of Mormonism, the Alton and Lovejoy Riots, and Other Important and Interesting Events. Chicago: S. C. Griggs; New York: Ivison and Phinney, 1854.

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    Circular postmark stamped in blue ink.  

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    Unidentified handwriting in blue ink within the circular postmark.  

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    Postage in blue ink in unidentified handwriting.