The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 520
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balance of prisoners until he relinquishes all claims to the Rio Gran
River which makes a country of about 6 or 700 miles across extending
I believe to the Rocky Mountains. This Treaty the commander in-
tends to have ratified by Mexico and witnessed by other independent
nation. If this should be done and the country have nothing to con-
tend with but Indians it will soon be very desirable country.8
I have seen but little of the 'Country, as yet for it has been in
such a condition ever since I came that we did not know what day
we should have to leave. As the Mexican army approached you have
never seen such running and as many scared people in your life.
Thousands hurried to the Sabine river which was from 2 to 3 miles
wide and camped on both sides some few have left entirely, but
more new comers fill their place.4
We are 11 miles from Sabine on the road crossing at Thompson's
ferry. I was lucky enough to get a comfortable house and about 40
acres of cleared land and if we have no further interruption, I shall
make a fine chance of corn. You have heard so many exaggerated
accounts of the country that it is not worth while to say much of it.
I like the country what little I have seen very well, but I have not
began to see the beauty of it. I have seen no country to equal this
for cotton in my life. I shall start out in a short time in search of
land and lay my leagues and I want to clear out some leagues on
shares one half for the other as is the custom here and if I do 2200
acres of land will cost $ioo land will sell high here soon for a great
portion of the country is surveyed already. I shall not spare pains
and trouble in making my selections.5
If the country should be settled and a good government established
you certainly would do well to come to it for a man can make more
and live easier than in any part of Georgia.
We have never got our boxes yet they had not reached Orleans
when we were there and I left orders for them to be shipped to
Natchetoches on Red River this is about 6o miles from me and I
have not been to that place since we left it. I expect they have landed
safe. I shall be there soon and will write you. Susan has got well
and we have had good health. Write soon and direct to Fort Jessup
Louisiana. The mail does not come regular since our last disturbance
sThe Indians were rather numerous in East Texas in 1836 and at one time
presented a real threat to the whites. The victory at San Jacinto prevented them
from joining with the Mexicans, however, and though they remained a menace
in certain parts of Texas for many years, they did not, of course, stop the flow of
immigration into the country.-Ibid., 62, 132, 227, 285.
4For a brief account of this flight, see ibid., 118-119.
5The Spanish system of land measurement prevailed in Texas until 1837 when
the American system was introduced. For a detailed account of the Spanish-
Mexican-American land system of Texas, see Dudley Wooten, Comprehensive His-
tory of Texas, 1685-1897 (2 vols.; Dallas, 1898), I, 325-331, 784-811.
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