The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 205
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Reminiscences of C. C. Coxm.
prairie, with here and there a few mesquite trees and all covered
with mesquite grass[.] I bought this tract for $2 per acre about
double the price of other lands in that section-but the others I
did not want at any price and this I could not buy for less-
So having found the Ranch-the next step was to stock it-
I had spent about 6 months in prospecting, had obtained a pretty
good knowledge of the country and made many acquaintances-
indeed I found friends in all directions-and in a social way I
found Seguin very pleasant- At the time I write all that part of
West Texas was in the heyday of prosperity-previous to 1856
there had been a series of good seasons-and the immense crops
made along the San Marcos Guadeloupe & San Antonio Rivers had
attraced a large emmigration to that section-and among them
many wealthy and well to do farmers and planters from the
various Southern States- These last brought their negroes, mules,
carriages, and generally farming implements-forming at the time
I first visited Seguin a state of society if not Aristocratic at least
highly respectable and refined and cultivated and as pretentious as
the most select of older settled countries- Quite a number of these
families had come from Kentucky notably-the Georges, Ficklin,
Reed Carpenter, Wilcox, Win & others-Some from Virginia and
others from Miss. Alabama & S. Carolina- Land was worth all the
way from eight to $20-and as the status of a place and the con-
dition of a people is generally judged by the show they make--to
have visited one of the Churches of Seguin on a bright Sunny Sab-
bath and witnessed the number of fine family Carriages drawn by
beautiful match mules or fine blooded Horses and presided over by
a darkey in livery-or at least in his best Sunday clothes-which
though usually second hand were noticeable as having decended
from a gentleman of the house- Times were good money was plen-
tiful and the people were happy- Such was Seguin and its sur-
roundings when I first Knew the place-there was great sociability
among the people-and entertainments and amusements frequent
In Oct I purchased 650 head of cattle from Nations & Cavitt,
near Gonzales-paid $6 per head-about the same time bought 3
negroes-then a wagon and an outfit for camping went down and
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