JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , Adams Co., IL, 24 May 1839. Featured version copied [between 25 May and 30 Oct. 1839] in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 11–12; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 2.
On 24 May 1839, JS addressed three letters to close associates, requesting that they move to , Illinois. One of these letters was directed to , whose family provided lodging to JS, his wife , and their children when they arrived in on 14 March 1838. By the time this letter was written, the church had purchased land in the Commerce area and JS had relocated there, moving into a house formerly owned by . In the letter, JS discussed Harris’s potential move from , Illinois, to Commerce. JS also noted he was reserving a piece of land for Harris; his wife, ; and their children. This lot was located across the street from a lot for JS and adjacent to a lot JS was reserving for and .
It is not known when the Harris family moved to , but was appointed to the there in October. Although the original letter is apparently not extant, it was likely dictated to , who was the scribe for another letter JS dictated that day. Mulholland inscribed a copy of the letter to Harris in JS Letterbook 2 sometime between 25 May and 30 October 1839.