Letter to John Cleveland, 24 May 1839

Commerce Ill, 24th May 1839
Dear Mr [John] & Mrs [Sarah Kingsley] Cleveland,
We write you in order to redeem our pledge which we  would have done before now, but that we have been in the midst of the bustle of  business of various kinds ever since our arrival here, we however beg to assure  you and your family that we have not forgotten you, but remember you all, as  well as the great kindness and friendship which we have experienced at your  hands. We have selected a lot for you just across the street from our own  beside Mr [George W.] Harris’, and in the orchard according to the desire of Sister Cleveland  and also one on the river adapted to Mr Clevelands trade. The various busi ness attendant on settling a new place goes on here at present briskly while  all around and concerning us goes on quietly and smoothly as far as we have  knowledge. It would give us great pleasure to have you all here along with  us, and this we hope to enjoy in a short time.
I have also remembered Rufus Cleveland to  the Surveyor, and am happy to <be> able to say that the land in Ioway Territory far  exceeds my expectations, both as to richness of soil, and beauty of locations  more so than any part of Missouri which I have seen. We desire to have  Mr Cleveland and his brother come up here as soon as convenient and see our sit uation, when they can judge for themselves, and we shall be happy to see them  and give them all information in our power. Father Smith and family  arrived here yesterday, his health rather improves. We all join in wishing  our sincere respects to each and every of you, and remain your very sincere  friends.
Joseph Smith Jr
Judge Cleveland & Lady
Quincy Ill. [p. 12]
JS and Emma Smith, letter, Commerce, IL, to John Cleveland and lady, Quincy, IL, 24 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 12; JS Collection, CHL.