Letterbook 2

as to getting the temporary house erected which you desired, I have not been able to  find any person willing to take hold of the job, and have thought that perhaps  you may meet with some person at Quincy who could take it in hand.
Business goes on with us in quite a lively manner and we hope  soon to have the acquisition of Brother [George W.] Harris and family, with other friends to  assist us in our arduous, but glorious undertaking. Our families are all well  and as far as we have knowledge all things are going on quietly and smoothly—
Yours &c &c
Joseph Smith Jr

JS and Emma Smith 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]
Letterbook 2, [1839–ca. summer 1843]; handwriting of Howard Coray, James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, Willard Richards, John Fullmer, William Clayton, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.