The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 56
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
I prize it. Yours and mine taken I suppose in '56 (wasn't it)
were good then I suppose but unlike us now. I will sena you
mine when I have it taken. I am glad you have the last, it rep-
resents us as I hope we shall ever be side by side in our friend-
ship, with the arm of each around the other. I recognized the
likeness at once. I am obliged for the letter in regard to emi-
grat:on from Ohio to Texas. I would like to see all the good
people who leave Ohio come to Texas. We need them, and they
need our good lands and genial climate. Indeed I should like
to connect myself with such a movement very much. If the gen-
tleman you name has your confidence and you will so indorse him
by letter to me so that I can put faith in him, and he will come
directly on here to me, I think we can organize a plan of emi-
gration that will be advantageous to all conecrned, provided he has
or can get money, that must come from Ohio. My plan is to
organize Colonies in Ohio so that they can come out and settle
together, having their own society, schools, churches, etc., etc.,
among themselves. They need fear no opposition from our people,
from them they will receive kindness and a cordial reception.
We are only opposed to Carpet-baggers who come to prey upon us
and teach the negro to hate us and use the simple minded creatures
for their own purposes and for his detriment.
Brazoria Co. and adjoining counties where lands were worth
from $15 to $100 an acre the richest and the best in the State
can now be had from $2 to $10 per acre. If Mr. Tallmadge will
come here to me endorsed by you, keep his own counsel, and be
advised by me, various tracts of land from 4000 acres in a body
to 20,000 can be purchased at low figures. These lands can be
obtained within the gulf breezes the healthiest and richest lands
in the State. My idea would be to get the money from Capi-
talists in Ohio who would be willing to invest and also to obtain
a colony fund for the same purpose from the colonists that wish
to emigrate and settle here. I have seen the Vice Pres. of a
R. R. who says if you and I endorse Mr. T. he will appoint him
an agent etc. We have no State Immigration Bureau but my
idea is that the other is the best plan for him and the immigrants
and the State and for myself. I cannot say more now but will
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