DescriptionBrigham Young Document Signed. Five pages, manuscript, 8.5" x 14" lightly lined legal sheets with docketing on verso of last page, April 20, 1876, District Court, Third Judicial District, Salt Lake County, Territory of Utah. Documents regarding a lawsuit, "Brigham Young Plaintiff vs. Frederick A.H.F. Mitchell and Margaret Mitchell his wife Defendants." Notarized and signed "James Jack/ Notary Public/ for Salt Lake County U.T." and embossed seal affixed (Jack later served as treasurer of the Territory of Utah). Brigham Young, in part: "...complains of the said defendants and alleges: That the defendant Frederick A.H.F. Mitchell under the style of 'F.A.H.F. Mitchell,' at Salt Lake City in said Territory on the 29th day of June 1872 made his promissory note in the words and figures following to wit; $5000... Ninety days after date for value received I promise to pay to the order of Brigham Young Five thousand Dollars,. Negotiable and payable at his office in Salt Lake City Utah, without defalcation or discount with one and one half per cent interest per month from date until paid both before and after Judgment." Young states that Mitchell has paid $1978.80 interest and that the principal of $5000 is due plus interest, less the amount paid. A deed of mortgage of "lands and tenements," signed by Mitchell and his wife, was assigned to Young to secure the note. At the time, the Mitchells were using the property "as a homestead and dwelling." Young is seeking a judgment against the Mitchells for the amount still owed after the sale of said lands and tenements. Fine condition.
Frederick Augustus Herman Frank Mitchell (1835-1923) came to Utah with his parents and seven brothers and sisters in 1854 as part of the James Brown company. In 1856, F.A.H.F. Mitchell was called at the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take a mission to the Hawaiian Islands. While there, he learned the native language and worked with the Hawaiians, returning to Utah in 1858. Mitchell was then employed in the business of manufacturing tin and sheet ironware. He returned to the Hawaiian Islands in 1873 with his wife and five children. His mission was to preside over the Hawaiian Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Hawaiian Saints). In 1874, he ordered Hawaiian Saints at the Laie plantation to tear out and destroy their cash crop of 'awa (kava, still used as a tranquilizer) because he believed it was prohibited by the Word of Wisdom. When a dissenting group refused, Mitchell began disfellowshipping procedures, and the group then purchased property and moved to Kahana. They complained to Brigham Young and Mitchell was released from his mission, arriving back in Utah in February 1875. He later served in Great Britain as a missionary from 1899-1902.
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