The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 345
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
cattle, I will not go to Kansas this year but will remain here and go
next year and try to spend the 4th with you, Well I am on the jump
& will have to close. Write and Direct to Blanco City and all write
and send in one envelope so that I can answer all at once Well I
must close, love to all Good Bye
From your affectionate son and brother
P. S Will Denman went to Kansas, with Hustons' herd a month ago
he is going home this fall & study Medicine Good Bye I will write
you a long letter soon HoD
WILLIAMSON CREEK TEX July 22 1872
I dropped you a few lines when I was at Austin, some three weeks
ago, promising at the same time to write, and now I will at least try.
I wrote a letter to Aunt Martha at the same time giving her a de-
scription of the country, people, state of things etc. etc. of Texas.19
I do not think that she would succeed in Texas as a Teacher, and I
know that she would not like it in Marlin. If she could only see the
squalid poverty of niggers and poor whites I know that would settle
the question, but go into the place itself the old rattle trap appear-
ance of every thing and abundance of grog shops, would finish it and
she would say "no Marlin for me", but since I was there Marlin has
a railroad, and may be quite a business place by this time, but if she
is doing well I would advise her to stay.
Since I wrote you last May, I have moved am now with Mr John-
son building a stock ranch at the mouth of Williamson on the
Williamson tract of (1280) twelve hundred & eighty acres, I will
make you out a kind of a map so that you can have an idea of the
country, round about here20 yesterday I was at "preaching" at an
arbor2l on Rocky creek, some of the feminines "got happy", put
xoAunt Martha, younger sister of Horace's mother, was Mrs. Martha Saigent
Ingerton. She refused to take her nephew's advice and came to Marlin, Falls
County, after all. Here she taught school for a time and then went to Amarillo,
where she became a postmistress. Her son, W. H. Ingerton, is said to have acquired
a large cattle ranch near Amarillo.--Horace M. Hall to Joseph S. Hall, November
2zAt the end of this letter Horace sketched a rough map of the river system be-
tween Austin and Fredericksburg, showing three Johnson ranches on or near the
Pedernales River: Johnson's Ranch (Sam Johnson's?) on the lower Pedernales, 960
acres; "our ranch," that is, the R. J. Johnson Ranch at the mouth of Williamson
Creek, 1,28o acres; and, a short distance west of this, Tom Johnson's Horse Ranch,
72o acres. See the map herewith.
21Such "preachings" at "arbors" were apparently similar to the old frontier
camp meetings, although this one lacked the more drastic emotional phenomena
like the "jerks" typical of the early meetings.
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