Letter from John Bernhisel, 12 July 1841

New York July 12, 1841.
Dear Brother,
I have received your favor of the  13th of April, informing me that it would be impossible  to enter any land except prairie at Congress price, and  kindly offering to procure a suitable place for me if  I should advise you to do so. Enclosed you will receive  a certificate of deposite for four hundred and twenty  five dollars on the Greenwich bank in this city, and  you will have the goodness to purchase as soon as a  a favorable opportunity offers (for I presume it will  advance rapidly in price) as large a tract of good land,  with a sufficient quantity of timber, in a healthful location,  and within a convenient distance, say one two or three  miles of Nauvoo, as you can for about five hundred  dollars, the remaining seventy five I will remit to you  on or before the 1st of July of next year. Be pleased  to have the deed recorded and retain it in your  possession until the balance is paid, for I suppose  it will not be necessary to execute a mortgage on the  property for so small an amount. Of the value of the  improvements I care but little as my object is to procure  as large a tract of land as I can with my limited means.  When you have made the purchase, you will please to  rent it to such a tenant and on such terms as you would  if it were your own. You will greatly oblige me by  immediately acknowledging the receipt of the enclosed  certificate, and writing me when you have effected a purchase. [p. [1]]
John Bernhisel, Letter, New York City, NY, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 12 July 1841; handwriting of John Bernhisel; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.