Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 7 April 1843

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7th April 1843
Jos. Smith Esqr.
Dr. Sir— I received on saturday last a letter from notifying me that the equity of redemption in my property would be sold on the 12th. instant and asking me whether I wished it to be purchased for me— I suppose it is quite immaterial whether I or you hold the right of redeeming for if it should again come into my possession I wish it understood distinctly by them who have built upon it that I shall not attempt to take their buildings from them but shall be ready at any time to give them a lease of their lots for a very long period and at a reasonable rent— My wish as well as my interest leads me to conciliate and make them my friends instead of makeing them my enemies
Your Obt Sert [p. [1]]
Recorders Office May 5th. 1843
State of Illinois,) ss.
City of ,)
I, Joseph Smith Recorder in and for the said city of Hancock County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that the written letter was duly recorded in book A page 140 and numbered 134
Joseph Smith Recorder
by Clerk [p. [2]]
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<​ APR 8​>
Rev. Joseph Smith
Hancock County
April 7, 1843
Filed for Record May 5th 1843 No. 134
April 7 <​May 5​> 1843
Esqre. To President Joseph Smith— [p. [4]]


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    Certification of JS in the handwriting of William Clayton. Clayton may have copied the letter into the registry of deeds and made the accompanying notations on the original letter in order to have Hotchkiss’s intentions regarding the disposition of the land officially recorded until the 1839 agreement could be renegotiated, which occurred in July 1843. (Bond from Smith Tuttle and John Gillet, 7 July 1843, p. 446 herein; see also Agreement with George W. Robinson, 30 Apr. 1839, in JSP, D6:439–442.)  

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    Postage in unidentified handwriting.  

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    Circular postmark stamped in red ink.  

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    Docket in the handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Filing notation in the handwriting of William Clayton.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.