The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 280
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dollars; 1832, "six or seven thousand dollars more or less"; 1833,
seven thousand dollars; 1834, ten thousand dollars in a total export
estimated at twenty thousand dollars for the year. Smith's vision
of a forty thousand dollar profit in a year is probably too large,
but it is evident that the Texas field offered attractive possibilities
to a keen trader. Furs mentioned in the Nacogdoches census re-
ports were beaver, otter, badger, bear, buffalo, deer and cattle.
Census reports from Austin's Colony are generally lacking after
1828 and do not mention the fur trade when available. Reports
from Bexar and Goliad show no trade of any kind!.
Tenoxtitlan March 11th 1832
I have been verry sick but am now in good health again I have
wrote to you several times and I know not what I have wrote for
I have always been in a hurry and full of business at the time
I was going to send down pack horses I had wrote to you giving
a full description of my ideas of the prospects of trade here &
thousands of fortunes that is not yet made as the dates are old
and I wish to see you before long I decline sending those letters
A French Indian trader came in to night with 80 buffaloe robes
he asks me $5.25 apiece for them he is offered $5.50 but he
likes my goods best in the morning I expect to buy his robes.
My cart is now loaded with beef hides deer skins buffaloe hides
& robes some leopard & beaver, my oxen are tyed to the wheels
and are to start for Brassoria tomorrow morning
As the mail leaves here early in the morning I send this to
let you know it is a great way to hawl goods and that a bad
article: is not worth hawling. the keg of tobacco I can not give
to the indians. I have sold wine several times it has been returned
as often. Sweet wine is the sort for this place cheap tobaco in
boxes also. I now need soap whiskey sugar good orleans 2 barrels
coffee 2 sacks 1 box tobaco, rice, raisins, almonds, sweet wine,
annisseed - white domestic, black silk hankfs. more of those fine
bowls & pitchers with red flower on the side, a few small deep.
plates, fishing lines large & small, a few gimblets, spurs a few
peices of good calico &c. Some tin cups axes & tomahawks
The beaver I have bought I had to pay half cash at $3.00 per lb
on account of not haveing indian goods.
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