The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 4
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his school, that it would take perhaps six or eight days, which
would produce much dissatisfaction among his patrons. They then
enquired if he knew any one who would or could do it. After a
little reflection, he replied that he had a young gentleman with him
who had just about got through studying surveying, and that he
could do the work if he would. He, a Mr. Cartwright, was sent for,
and the proposition made to him. He replied to my father, "I will
undertake it, provided you will let your son Willie assist me." It
was evident, that they were a little skeptical, and they asked my
father if he was willing to guarantee the completion and correct-
ness of the survey. He answered that he was. Mr. Cartwright said
there was only one obstacle in the way, i. e., the want of a compass.
I then remarked that we had a surplus chain, and that I knew
where I could borrow a compass for the work. So it was so settled,
with the understanding that they were to be informed through
"Uncle Bob Patterson," an old merchant of Hopkinsville, when
the survey and maps would be ready. I was to meet Mr. Cartwright
at a house near the beginning corner. The gentlemen of the house
knew the corner tree. We hired his son and another young man
to carry the chain. The surveyor's lines were quite plain, being
only two years old.
Mr. Cartwright met me early Monday morning. We made a
commencement and ran about half a mile, when a negro boy drove
up in a gig, and handed Mr. Cartwright a note, the purport of
which was that he was sent for to go home, his mother having
been taken very ill. As his road led him no great distance from
the Academy, I sent a note to my father, and stated to him I was
confident I could run the lines and make out the field notes and
should do so as long as I was on the ground. He had previously
instructed me to mark 'out on the lines all ravines, high hills, or
mounds, etc., for fear of mistakes. I frequently re-ran and meas-
ured over several lines. Thursday I finished in time to return to
the Academy, a distance of some seven miles.
That evening and part of Friday, I finished a rough sketch of
the survey to ascertain if the lines would properly meet, and my
father fixed a starting point on an east line to make the division.
On Saturday he went with me, and we marked it out almost north
and south, giving each half nearly 1150 acres. We now had to go
fifteen miles to our own home.
My father went to work Monday, and in two days we had finished
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