The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 347
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
When you write direct in care of R. J. Johnson & not to Johnsons
WILLIAMSON CR. TEX Aug Ist 72
Received a short letter from you 8& Ma & will now answer, I am
getting along best in the world only it is so hot that we cant do any
kind of manual labor, but the hottest of the weather is over and in two
weeks we expect to begin driving beeves to Austin and San Antonio
and then I will buy me three good ponies as they will be cheap and
all danger from Indians over, but Mr. Johnson is talking of putting
up a store over at the crossing of the Austin stage road on Williamson
and if he does he says he wants me to get a post office here and take
the store and if he does I wont drive cattle24 But I must close for I
am short of news, only be sure who ever sends those Plaindealers to
not send any more but send the liveliest Democrat papers that you
can find instead25 For times are loose in Blanco over the river at
the Round Mountain six men were found hanging to one tree, and
one of them the preachers son21 I will close so good bye.
From Your Son HORACE
DEAR LITTLE SYLVIA & CLARENCE
I suppose you would like to hear from your big brother Hod who
has been gone so long. We live in sight of a big creek and the Perdi-
nelis river27 and I have been fishing all morning & caught a big trout
which weighed some six or seven pounds and three catfish about the
same size. And now I must tell you about my lassoo. I suppose you
for readmission of Texas to the Union, the Ku Klux Klan Act, and so on.-Henry
L. Stoddard, Horace Greeley: Printer, Editor, Crusader (New York, 1946), 297-298,
305-313; Candace Stone, Dana and The Sun (New York, 1938), 66-73; and Edwin
Emery and Henry L. Smith, The Press and America (New York, 1954), 319, 321.
24Handbook of Texas (2 vols.; Austin, 1952), I, 918. Johnson City, established in
1878-1879 and named for the pioneer Johnson families, became the county seat in
1891. In a letter dated October 2, 1936, Horace expected to revisit Johnson City,
"which [he wrote] I founded along with ... one Dick Johnson."-Horace M. Hall
to Joseph S. Hall.
25Charleston, Illinois, as probably a number of other towns, apparently had a
local newspaper called the Plain Dealer at this time.
26"There is scant evidence of Klan activity in Texas during the E. J. Davis admin-
istration. . On June 8, 1870, the Daily State Journal, a radical Republican paper,
reported that a Klan parade had been held at McKinney, and in July, 1871, the
same paper reported that masked men had beaten a white teacher of a colored
school in Bastrop County, but the Bastrop grand jury found no proof of existence
of the Klan."-Handbook of Texas, I, 974.
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