The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 370
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
seeing such a constitution produced by the wise and talented men of
Texas (on Republican principles) as will bring the country into
union with us without further difficulty. I will be with you during
the summer and at the meeting of your convention if possible and
lend my humble aid if required in giving such information as I
possess in relation to the wishes of the friends of annexation. Now the
question is settled all appear satisfied and will aid in carrying out the
project. Many wish that Mexico would object and prevent the project.
If they do the Americans will not stop this side of the border of the
Pacific-my own opinion is Mexico will not say one word in relation
to the matter. Almonte is quiet yet on the subject. Rest assured Mexico
is now done with her invasions. Texans will be at ease on that subject.
You may be disturbed with the Indians but that will be of short
duration. Get all the cattle you can-keep what you have-buy one-
two-or three thousand acres of Beater bottom in the forks of Sandy
and Navidad as low as possible, payable in one-two-or three years-
leave him the upper part. Butterworth and myself want it for a sugar
plantation-keep this to yourself-get it under two per annum if
possible-go to two for one thousand acres-best in the fork-not
more. Money is scarce and times will be hard. No money can be had
by speculation. I will make arrangements to have goods shipped from
Liverpool direct for the ensuing fall if possible.
Another letter that accompanied a power of attorney paper
presented an interesting aftermath to the advice given in the
father's letters to his son.
PORT LAVACA 5 Jan. 1847
I. G. HOLT, ESQR.
I enclose you a power of Attorney to transact my business-My
principal object in sending the power-is to secure my cattle during
my absence-I claim all the cattle in this brand F on the hip-I un-
derstand that Father claims my cattle. I do not admit that he has any
with mine or in my brand- He left some cattle in the care of Abram
Lewis in 184o--Lewis was killed by some runaway negroes-and the
cattle were left to run wild. I employed hands and got the cattle to-
gether-with the intention of paying the old man what they were
worth at the time after deducting expenses and it is still my inten-
tion of paying what they were actually worth at the time I took charge
of them. In case the old man attempts to drive off or dispose of them
treat him like a stranger.
THOMAS A. ROGERS JR.
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