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drive33 with Pike, Rabb34 and hardly have had time to get a change
of clothing but now the season is over, and I am living with a man
from Iowa, by name Mr Simmons.35 I have traveled considerable and
been with a heap of differently turned people, but these best most
generous people I have met since I left you all at home, and I expect
to make my home here for some time and if you want to it would
please us all to recieve plenty of good reading matter and I will try
and write you plenty of letters in return give you a description of
the country around, about &c&c. Mr Simmons bought him a small
tract of land up here 466 acres and I quit when the cattle was gath-
ered and come up here to help him build. Day before yesterday we
were in the clearing cutting house logs, and I awkward as usual let the
ax slide into my shin immediately below where I cut myself with the
corn cutter, clear through a thick pair of cow hide boots, corduroy
breeches, into my shin just above the joint could see all the leaders
very plainly. but I can hobble about and trust I will be about
my business in a few days, Willow creek is a tributary of North
Grape which is the same to the Perdinalis and our camp is about
20 miles N. W. of William Jacobs at the mouth of Williamson
and is a better country for stock raising on account, it will not
be settled up for many a year. As soon as we get a good log house
up Mr Simmons and I are going over in Burnet co to gather a
stock of cattle he has over there MD and then we will put in a field
of 8 or io acres and then we will be ready to go to raising hogs,
which fatten on the "mass"36 and are ready sale for the gold, I am
doing well healthy and making and saving a little and will probably
settle down here as I am steady and satisfied. If you would like to
move out here I will look up a good location, and I am satisfied you
can make money and save, have good health, and build up a good
home for your old age. If you would study medicine and surgery a
little more, and have an office at Frediericksburg 12 miles distant, this
asThe term cattle drive appears in the Dictionary of Americanisms, 285, but not
the more colloquial beef drive. Beef driver is entered, however; see under beef, b (4).
"aThe Rabb family, who came from Pennsylvania early in the nineteenth cen-
tury, became well known in Texas. See Handbook of Texas, II, 427-428; also the
index in Dobie, A Vaquero of the Brush Country.
35Horace was currently assisting another man (a Mr. Simmons) and contem-
plated acquiring a ranch of his own. But, as the letter of November 17, 1873,
shows, he still worked for one of the Johnsons.
36For mast: that is, nuts and acorns. "Most of the Texas hogs at that time were
razorbacks. They ran wild like the longhorns, and the woods were full of them.
Every landholder had a claim on the hogs that ranged on his land. . A few men
made the raising, capturing, and selling of hogs a business, but ranch people gen-
erally paid the razorbacks little attention except in winter time, when the animals
would be as fat on acorns as they were capable of getting."-Dobie, A Vaquero
of the Brush Country, 3o.
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