The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 344
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back on him." I must close. Am in good health & spirits & am never
going back home again to live. You bet deer hunting is fun
JOHNSONS RANCHE BLANCO CO TEX April 25th 1872
As I have not written home for some time, I will just drop you a line.
Five months ago to-day I wrote you a letter from Ft. Gibson I. N.
although I have commenced several letters I have never sent one
home yet. Will wrote a letter from Anderson co. and I think I sent
a few words but am not sure. We have been gathering cattle for the
past month and now they have two herds about ready to start. Mr
Miller will carry the first herd, and Jim Stone the next, I dont know
as I will go to Kansas but may be stay here and help Dick Johnson
raise stock18 This is a beautiful country through here: mountains,
clear rocky streams, live oaks, mesquite, with rich valleys & bottom
lands for farming & mountains for stock, abondance of game & Indians
once a year. Blanco city is the county seat, a store, and black smith
shop, I got a letter from Ralph dated Mar 19th S& lots of Mail at
Austin in December, corn is up and been plowed through twice,
wheat is almost ready to cut I have not been homesick since I left
home & never with out money, freinds & credit, the least wages I
have received is 30.oo gold as they use nothing else I must close
Love to all
From Your Son
AUSTIN TEX July 6 72
I am now at Austin, just returning from the herd which I left at
Georgetown some thirty miles north of here and have some sixty
miles travel west yet to the ranche in Blanco co. And now while I am
here in Austin doing some little business for Mr Johnson I will drop
you a few lines, to relieve you from all anxiety. This is probably
the last herd they will send this year and is carried by Mr Louis a
Lawyer from Fredericksburg in Gillespie co whom is interested in the
18It is not known whether Horace went to Kansas with a herd, although in his
letter of June 26, 1873, he says: ".. Have been on a big beef drive with Pike,
J. Frank Dobie, A Vaquero of the Brush Country (Dallas, 1929), 90o, says: "For
a quarter of a century-as long as trail driving lasted-it was the ambition of every
ranch boy in Texas to go up the trail to Kansas. It was also the ambition of thou-
sands of boys in Massachusetts and elsewhere, and many of them obeyed Horace
Greeley's advice in order to realize their ambition."
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