The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 458
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the country; it will cost you very little in comparison to the advantage
it might bring. If you should choose to come and go to school Aunt
Mary says she will divide milk and bread with you for a year and if
you love to work we will find plenty of that to be done. I have some
idea of improving in this place for if I stay here I shall probably
want to live at home and board at the same house with a certain very
pretty girl in my own estimation. But I am not going immediately at
it for I find I do not like work so well as I used to do and I never did
like it very well. Indeed it is too hot to work here the greater part
of the year; it is now very hot and will continue so for some time.
The Mexicans are cutting up a little turf on the frontiers. They
have killed 48 men lately who were out there stealing cattle from
them. Only one escaped to tell the news at home. The Indians still
steal when they have an opportunity on the frontier but they do
An occasional alarm comes in of horses being stolen; but I am of
[the] opinion that they are very often taken by white men who steal
on the frontier on the Indians credit.
Since writing the above I have commenced my labors in the college.
I find that I will be kept very busy. There is now 30 male students
and before the session expires it is confidently anticipated there will
be 24 or 25 more. Many of those from a distance have not yet arrived.
The main building is not yet completed; but will be in a few months
when we will have greater advantages than have hitherto been
given.44 I give 6 hours in the day to the labors of the school or 6 hours
in the day devoted to study at the college and the balance of my time
I can study myself which I expect to do so soon as I can get books
and make my room arrangements and I do not now intend to quit
study until I shall obtain at least a respectable standing in the literary
world. I am satisfied this is the place it can be attained and I can do
it and be paid at the same time for my services.
If you have not received my former letters containing instructions
to send my books by Mr. Patterson I now give you the same again as
there will probably be no other opportunity for me to get them with-
out costing me more than they are worth and I do not suppose they
would sell for anything, and I would be glad to have them as they
would save me the expense of buying others.
I am pleased with the account of my friends enquiring how I am
doing and seem to be so much interested in my welfare. I had thought
people had nearly forgotten there and took little interest in my
welfare and cared nothing for me. You may tell them that I write
44Bishop T. O. Summers toured Texas in 1841 and reported that the college was
increasingly prosperous and had between seventy and eighty students. "A building
52 by 26, two stories high, will soon be finished for the better accommodation of
the male students."-Macum Phelan, A History of Early Methodism in Texas
(Nashville, 1924), 198.
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