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Jasper Hopper to MVB, 11 March 1816

Dear Sir

I have recd. a communication from Dr. Adams one of our Members of Assembly in which he states that Elijah Mann Junr. has confidentially written to you requesting the Sale on a Mortgage of the East half of Lot No. 73=Onondaga Reservation, which Mortgage was originally given by me, and that you do not wish to proceed to the Sale immediately without my consent; it therefore becomes proper and necessary that I should state to you the circumstances relative to this Business. Some time in the Year 1803 I purchased of the Survr. Genl. at Auction, the whole of the Lot, and gave my Bond & Mortgage to the State for securing the residue of purchase Money, soon after which the Lot was divided between John Elliott (who was Interested with me in the purchase) and myself when the Easterly half part fell to my share. This part I sold to Elijah Mann Junr. 26. Decr. 1806 with an express stipulation in the Deed that he should pay the amount of the Mortgage Money & Interest due and to become due on that part of the Lot. He has since as I am informed, sold it to his Father, who as well as the Son are both of them amply competent to the payment required I had therefore not the most remote Idea that either of them would make default and was of course surprised to learn that E. Mann Jr. had written to you as he has; I am really at a loss to think what can be his motive At any rate I do not wish to appear in the public prints as a defaulter, I must therefore request a postponement of the advertisement until I can get him or his Father to pay off the Mortgage, but if that cannot be done, and the advertisement must take place I must for the preservation of my credit annex to it a notice to the public of the circumstances attending it. Be pleased Sir to accept my sincere acknowledgments for your friendly communication on the subject, and believe me to be,


Your Friend &

Obedt. Servt.

Jasper Hopper

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Source: N-Ar New York State Archives
Collection: Attorney General Papers (N-Ar)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)