The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 97
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woman for your wife for with out a good wife it is hard to get along
& Raise every thing & only wait for the woom of time to bring ever
thing to bar. Get as many young negro woman as you can. get as many
cows as you can. get say one hundred Brude Mairs & about two good
Jacks to go with them. then get one thousand head of Sheep. the Sheep
you can get from Mexico deliver [e]d on the Neuaces 80 miles from hear
at 75 ct apiece & the Mares delivered at your door for $5.00 a head the
two Jacks will cost you perhaps from $40 to $50 a ps the cows will cost
hear 4$ & a cow & calf 8$ sometimes you may get cattle hear at $2.50
pr head. the beef hear at 3 years old commands ten dollars cash by from
one to five hundred at a dash. every steem ship that leave Port Lavacca
which is every thursday carrys from 50 to 75 & the trade is incresing
the mul[e]s drove from Texas to Louisiana & Mississippi say three year
old commands say from sixty to one hundred dollars Ready money &
th[e]y are worth now in Texas even that mon[e]y in many places & a.
cow has a calf hear eve[r]y year. heiffers never pass 20 months & as
often as any other way has calves at 15 months. I will leave you you [sic]
to make the calculation for your self it is the gratest country for an
increase that I have ever saw in my life. I have been hear six year & I
have had fifteen negro children born & last Year three more young negro
woman commenced breeding which added seven Born last year & five of
them is living & doing well I have a fine stock of Cattle. My negro
family is getting tolerable large & as to expense of Mantainin[g] I can
take one fourth dollar out of what it cost me in ala. & Maintain, my family
hear with it as plentiful as the other three dollars added to the forth
[did in Alabama]. the situation of land water & timber navigation Joyns
My Present Plantation Called second quality land in Texas but as I said
befour will class with any of the good upland in ala or is capable of
producing 500 lbs of seed [should be "gin"] cotton to the acre. if it is
your intention to settle get the advise of your Father & Means & if your
Father advises you to come & look at Louisiana or Texas & if the latter
come to my house & look at the Country & if you should like, then stick
down & attend to the forgoing instructions & in ten or fifteen or twenty
years you will do as well as any other man in this or any other country.
I have troubl[e]d you with a long letter & all the omissions or commissions
or bad spelling look over it & say that your old uncle lives in the back
woods. Give my love to your grand mother Mrs Ellmore & all your
Brothers. Frances my wife Joynes me in love to your Father & mother
& all you Boys & she says that she will ever be grateful to your Father
for the kindness that he has taken in behalf of her son & if it ever happens
or Chance should throw any matters in the way that she could help any
of his children that she will take a delight in Reciprocateing of the same
goodlike kindness. I would be pleased to hear from you or any of the
boys at any or at all times. I am with due Respect your affectiopate uncle-
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Egypt Aug 22, 10
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