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$700. Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 18 - .
For value received, I promise to pay to Simon Butterfield, or order, Seven Hundred dollars, in manner following, to-wit: Two Hundred dollars in one month from date; Two Hundred dollars in two months; and Three Hundred dollars in three months, with interest on the several sums ( s they become due. CALEB PRINDLE.
Chicago, ILL., Oct. I, 1878.
Ninety days after date, we promise to pay to the order of The Merchants' Savings, Loan and Trust Co. of Chicago, at its office, Nine Hundred, Ninety-Nine and 99-100 dollars, for value received, with interest at the rate of ten per cent per annum, after due.
CLARK D. BROWN. (seal.] SOLON P. WELLS. [seal.]
Know all Men by these Presents, That we, the subscribers, are justly indebted to The Merchants' Savings, Loan and Trust Co., of Chicago, upon a certain Promissory Note, bearing even date herewith, for the sum of Nine Hundred, Ninety-Nine and 99-100 dollars, with interest at the rate of ten per cent, per annum, after due, and payable ninety days after date.
Now, therefore, in consideration of the premises, we do hereby make, constitute and appoint Wm. H. King, or any Attorney of any Court of Record, to be our true and lawful Attorney, irrevocably, for us and in our names, place and stead, to appear in any Court of Record, in term time or vacation, in any State or Territory of the United States, at any time before or after said note becomes due, to waive the service of process, and confess a judgment in favor of The Merchants' Savings, Loan and Trust Co., of Chicago, or its assign or assigns, upon the said Note, for the amount thereof, and interest, together with costs, and ten dollars Attorney's fees, and also to file a cognovit for the amount thereof, with an agreement therein that no writ of error or appeal shall be prosecuted upon the judgment entered by virtue hereof, nor any bills in equity filed to interfere in any manner with the operation of said judgment, and to release all errors that may intervene in the entering up of such judgment, or issuing the execution thereon; and also to waive all benefit or advantage to which we may be entitled by virtue of any Homestead or other exemption law now or hereafter in force, in this or any other State or Territory, where judgment may be entered by virtue hereof. Hereby ratifying and confirming all that our said attorney may do by virtue hereof.
Witness our hands and seals this first day of October, A. D. 1878.
IN PRESENCE OF NATHAN WHITMAN.
CLARK D. BROWN. [seal.] SOLON P. WELLS. [seal.]
$400. St. Joseph, Mo., June 1, 18 - .
Three months after date, I promise to pay to Orson Barber, Four Hundred dollars, for value received; negotiable and payable, without defalcation or discount
$1,500. Chester, Vt., July 14, 18 - .
For value received, on or before the first day of October next, we promise to pay H. Miller & Co., or order, Fifteen Hundred dollars, in good merchantable White Wheat, at our warehouse in this city, at the market value, on the maturity of this note.
ARMSTRONG & PHELPS.
$900 50/100 Springfield, ILL., May 10, 18 - .
One year after date, we jointly and severally promise to pay Smith Fairbanks, or order, Nine Hundred and 50-100 dollars, for value received, with interest at ten per cent
PAUL KENYON. JACOB HAWKINS.
$100 50/100 Indianapolis, Ind., March 1, 18 - .
On demand for value received, I promise to pay Clinton Briggs, or order, One Hundred and 50-100 dollars, with interest; payable without any relief whatever from valuation or appraisement.
For and in consideration of One Dollar, to me paid by H. B. Claflin & Co., of New York, who, at my request, purpose opening a credit with "John Smith, of Aurora, III., I do hereby guarantee the payment to H. B. Claflin E& Co., their successors and assigns, of all indebtedness which said John Smith has incurred or may incur for goods and merchandise sold to him, or delivered at his request, by said H. B. Claflin & Co., their successors and assigns, upon credit or for cash, or on note, or otherwise, without requiring any notice in respect thereto.
This guarantee to be open and continuing, covering all interest on any such indebtedness, and also any costs and expenses which may be incurred by H. B. Claflin & Co., their successors and assigns, in collecting.
Further, it shall remain in full force until revoked by a written notice from me, provided, however, that my liability hereunder for purchases made shall not at any time exceed $5,000.
Witness my hand and seal, New York, Jan. 1, 1878.
WM. H. HAWKINS.