Letter to David Hale, 12–19 February 1841

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Having some more room to improve I would tell you that since you have left the old mountains of Susquhannah I think you had <​better​> continue on westward untill you get there here [as] there is land so plenty that every one can have what he wants to improve without working land on shares.
I feel quite anxious that all of my s family sh[ould] [come and settle in this country as I think it is far better than any other place east of here, I should also like to have you all] investigate our doctrines and all become good Mormons, [as] we are generaly called, but there is no compulsion in as to the subject of our religion, you can live here if you are [not] Mormons. We are in tolerable good circum[stances] at presant, my family and all in good health.
I was glad to get so good an account of all the families [of my] brothers and sisters. I have five children one g[irl she] will be ten years old next May her name is , [my] boys name is he was eight last Nov. the [next] is he will be five next June the [next is] who will be three next June the [next is] he will be one year next June I think they [are as smart children as can be found any where and perhaps a little smarter.]
[yours affectionately ]
[M]r. David Hale
As and hav[e] [gi]ve<​an​> me space for a few lines, I gladly imbrace [i]t, to send to you and yours my sincere and heart felt respects, and I do honestly think if you will come to this country, and settle it would be much to your advantage. I [will] do what has stated and even more [I] will help you to improve the land; also, [we] want to see you all very much well [settled in this country].
[Yours respectfully, Joseph Smith]. [p. [3]]
Having some more room to improve I would tell you that since you have left the old mountains of Susquhannah I think you had better continue on westward untill you get here as there is land so plenty that every one can have what he wants to improve without working land on shares.
I feel quite anxious that all of my s family should come and settle in this country as I think it is far better than any other place east of here, I should also like to have you all investigate our doctrines and all become good Mormons, [as] we are generaly called, but there is no compulsion as to the subject of our religion, you can live here if you are [not] Mormons. We are in tolerable good circumstances at presant, my family and all in good health.
I was glad to get so good an account of all the families of my brothers and sisters. I have five children one girl she will be ten years old next May her name is , [my] boys name is he was eight last Nov. the next is he will be five next June the [next is] who will be three next June the [next is] he will be one year next June I think they are as smart children as can be found any where and perhaps a little smarter.
[yours affectionately ]
Mr. David Hale
As and have givean me space for a few lines, I gladly imbrace it, to send to you and yours my sincere and heart felt respects, and I do honestly think if you will come to this country, and settle it would be much to your advantage. I [will] do what has stated and even more I will help you to improve the land; also, [we] want to see you all very much well settled in this country.
[Yours respectfully, Joseph Smith]. [p. [3]]
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