180 years ago today - Sep 10, 1840

Mormon businessmen sign a promissory note for the purchase from the federal government of a steamboat and other river equipment with Joseph and Hyrum Smith as guarantors. After the steamboat runs aground and the principals fail on the note, United States Attorney Justin Butterfield in Apr 1842 files a complaint and receives a default judgment against the Nauvoo businessmen, including Joseph, for $5,212.49.

[On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

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