[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

Description:

Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas since his recent move there. He was undecided about whether or not he would remain in the county or travel around Texas. He wrote about how sparse buildings were where he lived and that the way wealth was measured there was not by amount of land, but by the amount of slaves owned. Many in the area had begun growing their own gardens and he had learned from them that he needed to be careful of poisonous spiders and centipedes. John told his mother that the mail was arriving with irregularity and they were lucky if they got it once a week.

Creator(s): Osterhout, John Patterson
Location(s): United States - Texas - Austin County - Bellville
Creation Date: March 8, 1852
Partner(s):
Austin College
Collection(s):
Osterhout Papers
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Date(s):
  • Creation: March 8, 1852
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Place
United States - Texas - Austin County - Bellville
Era
The Texas Frontier, 1846-1861
Date
March 8, 1852
Description:

Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas since his recent move there. He was undecided about whether or not he would remain in the county or travel around Texas. He wrote about how sparse buildings were where he lived and that the way wealth was measured there was not by amount of land, but by the amount of slaves owned. Many in the area had begun growing their own gardens and he had learned from them that he needed to be careful of poisonous spiders and centipedes. John told his mother that the mail was arriving with irregularity and they were lucky if they got it once a week.

Physical Description:

[3] p. ; 25 x 41 cm., folded to 25 x 21 cm.

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Subject(s):
Keyword(s): centipedes | spiders | gardens
Partner:
Austin College
Collection:
Osterhout Papers
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: ASTC_001-007-04
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth255304
Resource Type: Letter
Format: Text