Letter to Horace Hotchkiss, 25 August 1841, Copy

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, August 25th 1841
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Dr Sir Yours of the 24th. ulto. came to hand this day the contents of which I duly appreciate, I presume you are well aware of the difficulties that occurred, before, and at, the execution of the writings in regard to the Landed transaction, (between us.) touching the anual payment of interest, If you have forgotten I will here remind you, you verbally agreed, on our refusal, and hesitancy to execute the notes for the payment of the Land; that you would not exact the payment of the interest that would accrue on them, under five years, and that you would not coerce the payment even then. To all this you pledged your honor, And upon an after arrangement you verbally agreed to take Land in some one of the atlantic States; that would yield six per cent intrest, (to you.) both for the principal and interest, And in view of the matter I deligated my Bro. & Doc. to go east, and negociate for lands, with our friends and pay you off for the whole purchase that we made of you, But upon an interview with you, they learned that you were unwilling to enter into an arrangement according to the power that I had deligated to them, That you would not receive any of the principal [p. [1]] at all, but the interets alone, which we never considered ourselves, in honor, or in justice, bound to pay under the expiration of five years, I presume you are no stranger to the part of the plat we bought of you, being a deathly sickly hole, and that we have not been able in concequence, to realize a<​ny​> dollar from <​valuable consideration from​> it. although we have been keeping up appearances, and holding out inducements to encourage immigration, that we scarcely think justifiable, in consequence of the Mortality that almost invariably awaits those who come from far distant parts.) And that! with a view to enable us to meet our engagments,)
And now to be goaded by you for a breach of good faith and negle[c]t & dishonorable conduct, Seems to me to be almost beyond endurance,) <​You are aware that we came from destitute of every thing but physical form, and had nothing but our energies and perseverence to rely upon, to meet the payment of the extortionate sum, that you exacted for the land we had of you. Have you no feelings of commiseration, or is it your design to crush us with a ponderous load before <​we​> are able to walk, or can you better dispose of the property than we are doing for your interest If so to the alternative.​>
I therefore propose in order to avoid the perplexity and anoynce [annoyance] that has hitherto attended the transaction, that you come and take the premises and make the best you can of it, Or stand off and give us an oppertunity, that we may manage the concern, and enable ourselves by the management thereof to meet our engagments as was originally contemplated We have taken a city plat at , (At the head of navigation for vessels of heavey tonage.) On the most advantageous terms, the proprietors waiting on us for the payments of the plat. until we can realize the money from the sales, leaving to ourselves a large and liberal neeth [net], proffit. We have been making every exertion, and used all the means [p. [2]] at our command, to lay a foundation, that will now begin to to enable us to meet our pecuniary engagements, and no doubt in our minds, to the entire satisfaction of all those concerned, if they will but exercise a small degree of patience and stay a resort to coersive measures, thereby <​which would​> killing us in the germ, even before we can, (by reason of the season.) begin to bud and blossom, in order to bring forth a plentiful yield of fruit.
I am with considerations of high respect your Obt. Servt.
Joseph Smith
P.S. The above is a Copy of a letter sent to , according to the date hereof— and sealed in this place of this letter Book, because there was no room left to copy the entire letter upon. [p. [3]]
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Connecticut [p. [4]]

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