Letter from Orville Browning and Nehemiah Bushnell, 23 November 1841

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. Nov: 23rd. 1841.
Genl. Joseph Smith
Dear Sir
Messrs , & Co, of , have placed in our hands for collection, two promissory notes, signed by yourself and thirty one other individuals, both of said notes dated , Sept 1st. 1837, one for $2323.66 and the other for $2395.57 cents.
Not wishing to give you unnecessary trouble in the premises, we have thought proper to advise you that the notes were in our hands, and to ask, when it will suit your convenience to make payment?
If part of the demand could be paid us now, and the residue secured upon real Estate, we would take [the r]esponsibility of giving a reasonable extension of time
We are Sir. very Respectfully Your friends
P. S. Will you oblige us by an answer at your earliest convenience
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    Established in New York City in 1804 by Richard Townley Haines, the firm of Halsted, Haines & Co. specialized in the sale of wholesale dry goods. (“An Old Firm’s Suspension,” New York Times, 13 July 1884, 12.)  

    New York Times. New York City. 1857–.

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    See Promissory Notes to Halsted, Haines & Co., 1 September 1837–B and –C.  

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    Browning and Bushnell may have been aware that JS had used real estate to make debt payments throughout 1841. Since cash and other liquid funds were scarce at the time, JS’s agents frequently tried to resolve debts by transferring properties to creditors. (Letter from Smith Tuttle, ca. 15 Sept. 1841; Horace Hotchkiss, Fair Haven, CT, to Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo, IL, 13 May 1841, JS Office Papers, CHL; John Gillet, Lake Fork, IL, to Smith Tuttle, Fair Haven, CT, 14 Nov. 1841, Gillett Family Papers, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL.)  

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

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    TEXT: “[page torn]esponsibility”.