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"old Satan" aside and "was bound to see Jesus" at least I took their
word for it "for they just knew they were going up there" Pete Dellee
went with me and we come home to Supper and then we all of us
went Mr Johnson & Melissa & Dick & Jim went in the spring wagon
& Pete and I rode on in front Mrs Johnson says, now boys dont go
out of sight of the wagon, for you know what the Indians done "last
Moon" and they may try the same thing over. They come in here
last Month & stole between 250 & 3oo head of horses and killed &
stole 2 or three persons, but soon several companies of Rangers were
organized & they have been scouting the country every since.22
It has been so hot that we can do nothing working with the stock
for the flies blow where ever blood is drawn & so Mr Johnson is Trying
to get things all fixed up by cool weather so that we can begin work
we only work a few hours in the cool part of the day & keep the
niggers chopping & hewing all the time. I am having a real nice time
and dont care about going home only I would just like to make a
"flying visit" 8& be right back here soon, Well I must close, dont
write oftener than once in two weeks as too many letters are worse
than none. Love to all
From your affectionate Son
P. S Some one sent a red hot Radical paper down here to me & If
I knew who it was I would ride clear up there to shoot him I should
think that anyone without any forethought at all would have better
sense than to send any missive, but what was highly in favor of
Horace Greely as president for 72 and who ever done it done it in
hatred23 H. M HALL
22See Horace's letter of November 13, 1872, for mention of the Comanches. These
were the chief offending Indians, although the Kiowa and other Plains tribes were
also frequent and unwelcome visitors.-Wilbur S. Nye, Carbine and Lance: The
Story of Old Fort Sill (Norman, 1937), 190-191. Colonel Ranald Slidell Mackenzie,
Fourth Cavalry, wrote to General William T. Sherman in the fall of 1871: "The
Indians who depredate in Texas west of the Guadalupe River all come from two
points, the head of the Brazos, or thereabouts, or the Reserve. They are generally
Comanches and Kiowas, and those from the Reserve are mixed up with the bands
on the edge of the Staked Plains in their depredations."
Cf. also the dramatic description of the Comanches by Paul I. Wellman, The
Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range (New York, 1939), 40-43. "It was
not until the early ranchers encountered the Comanches, that numerous, lethal, wily
race, on the interior plains of Texas, that they learned what Indian trouble
23The presidential contest of 1872 was intensified and confused by party splits,
rancor over "radical" Reconstruction practices, malfeasances of Grant, unsolved
economic problems, the depleted and disorganized condition of the South, and
so on. Greeley (nominated by both the Liberal Republicans and Democrats) had
visited Texas in May, 1871. Election feeling was, of course, high in Texas because
of Carpetbag misrule, the radical Republican governor, the degrading conditions
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