Letter from Reuben McBride, 1 January 1844

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Jan 1st 1844
Prest. Joseph Smith
Dear Brother the reason of my writing to you is on a count of s writing to you respecting takeing your farm here he has written without my council and unbeknown to me but I was informed of it too day what he has written I do not know I thought it right you should know how he has managed and then you could act acordingly I let have the place last season he was to pay $90— for it and half the Land tax to be paid in Grain wheat at $1,00 Corn 3/— oats 2/— a bushell I told him if he would go on do the best he could he should not loos anny thing I have allways been liberal with him last year he paid about 120 130 bu[shels] oats oats being only 1/— per bu. and hard at that I Let have considerable part o some of them and he was to pay to you I placed a good deal of confidence in what he said I did not require Security of him he did not pay the tax last year grain was so low he did not pay half of the rent last year I think this year that is 1843 he was to pay the same he did the year before and this year he said he would Settle up the whole but as yet a I cannot get it and I fear (I shall not be able too he is very much in debt he mortgaged some of the crops on the ground and this week there has got to be $45) raised for the tax last year and this and it will be as much as I can do to raise the money to keep the farm from being sold as I have depended on to pay the tax as he agreed too he thought we had better let a piece of it be sold than to try to raise the money I am told by persons whom I can rely on that he said he did not calculate to pay the rent nor tax and and calculated to stay on the place and he would wright and get the place of you [p. [1]]
I give it as my belief that if he had the place and house no one here to see to it he would let it be sold for tax and bid it off him self and get a sheriffs. Deed of it fo[r] he certainly would let it be sold this year if I were not here cannot manage the place nor anny one that belongs to the Ch[urch] here there is a number here who believe because they belong to the Ch that they own a share in of the farm they throw down fences and cut timber and burn rails turn their cattle into thier the Lots &c my op[in]ion is it would be better to let some one who would be responsible have it who did never belong to the Ch.I have not the least objections against s haveing it if you think proper so to do but I thought it my duty to let you know how he had managed I should have been there last fal[l] if it had not been for the sickness of my wife I shal[l] come there next season if the Lord will
the old Long Shop is allmost fallen down had I better try Sell it for what it will fetch or try to save it till it is needed here it will probably fetch about $50— or $75 Dollars in property nothing more at present please answer this imediately
Give my respects to an &c
Yours in the bonds of the Everlasting Gospel
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Rev. Joseph Smith
Hancock Co
Ill
 
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Jany 1st. 1844
Answered Jany 18— 44 [p. [3]]
Jan 1. 1844
to Joseph Smith [p. [4]]

Footnotes

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    Endorsement in handwriting of William Clayton.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Leo Hawkins.