The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 310
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
I will now close by subscribing myself your ever affectionate son.
THos. W. BELL
P.S. Crops are very promising here at present. In some parts
of the country they have suffered for rain, and more rain in this
part of Texas will make corn worth 25 cts. per bushel. It is now
selling for 50 cts., cotton is also very fair and a good deal of it
planted. T. W. BELL
DEAR BROTHER. RUTERSVILLE, TEXAS, June loth 1841
It was only a few days since I wrote you in answer to a letter I
received from you. On receiving one from Mr. Patterson I find
he is coming to Texas again and I would be very glad he would
bring my books. They could be very easily packed in my trunk
and brought with many of his things that he will bring by water.
I have written to him on the subject. I presume the greatest dif-
ficulty will be to get them to his house. They can pack other articles
of their own in it so as to prevent the books from being injured
by rubbing. It is quite probable I may need some of them here
and I do not know when I can go back there. I feel like it would
be folly for me to think of returning shortly, though nothing would
give me greater pleasure than to see you all; but while there are
prospects before me here I shall remain. I do not think of ever going
back there to stay very long.
We are all in good health here. I mean all those with whom you
are acquainted here. The country is also quite healthy at this time.
There are a few cases of sickness in my knowledge though mostly
confined to emigrants. I must now close as the mail will soon pass
and I must put it in the office. So remains your affectionate brother.
J. W. B. THOS. W. BELL
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