24th May 1839
Mr [John] &
[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
’, 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.
have also remembered Rufus Cleveland to the Surveyor,
and am happy to <be> able to say that the land in
exceeds my expectations, both as to richness of soil, and beauty of
locations more so than any part of
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.
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.
Judge Cleveland &