The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 355
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
it always, it is what I have needed for many a day. Had a jumping
match Sunday and I got away with the whole crown either on the run
and one jump or hop skip and jump. Mr Moore was next, and Mr.
Lewis [?] boy from Illinois 16 years old and a little taller than I am,
was nowhere have been tollerable stiff and sore all day but would not
let them know it. Mr Moore says if the black of R [... ?] is active
good feet and leader-like legs47 to send him or bring him immediately
and he will recompense you for your trouble, or if Billie or Ralph
brings him he will pay them the same. I wish it was so Billie could
come but I dare say you would be lost without him in the office. If
you dont care about comeing turn him over to care charge etc of the
body [?] old Ralph, and Mr. Moore says if him or Billie either one
wants to come out they can board with him all winter and it shall not
cost anything at all, but as soon as either ones comes I am going imme-
diatly to establishing a ranche and raise hogs, but if you think you
would like to look at Texas in winter, do come; Mr. Moore and all of
us would be delighted to see you, and he wants a young stallion awful
bad and if Ralph has enough money to come out I wish he would also.
Give my love to Ma and the children and tell them I would write to
them also but this is the last sheet of paper on the ranche. You ask
in one of your letters if I have any cattle or hogs I have not from the
fact I never have had no place to keep them, but have all Johnsons
brands to run and get a third of thier increase or $1.oo per head for
marking and branding. Whenever I am settled for good I can soon
have plenty of cattle and hogs both I must close, answer by return
mail and get the horse in the meantime Good by
47That is, with the legs of a good leading or front horse in a team. William D.
Whitney (ed.), Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (9 vols.; New York, 1902), under
leader, 6, a: "One of the leading or front horses in a team of four or more, as
distinguished from a wheeler, or one placed next the carriage."
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