The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971 Page: 408
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do so, they may give me some trouble. However I can have my land
affairs settled as soon as Davis can, & he will not leave without hav-
ing some arrangements made to secure his land. He will be entitled
to a section as a soldier, & 1/3 league as a citizen.
Our country will be very scarce of bread this season, & if the
Mexicans should blockade our ports we shall be without coffee, but
we hope for the best. We shall have a very large family this winter.
Some little [children] that were with me at Mr. [David] Ayers'" last
winter, followed me home after the runaway scrape as we call it here
8c others insisted on coming to attend to their books with me & as
we are confined at home, Maria agreed to board them, so that un-
tentionally we have our hands full of business.
We have all had fine health this season, though the sickness in the
country has been more fatal than usual, owing I suppose to the great
exposure when they were turned out of house & home . . .
When I come to Kentucky I have no doubt you will return with
me home & Texas will soon be the first place on earth for a Lawyer
to make a fortune . . .
"The man she refers to spelled his name Ayres. Because of deafness, Ayres was de-
tached from the army and asked to aid civilians during the Runaway Scrape. Ibid., I,
92; "Lydia Ann McHenry," O. H. Cooper Collection.
General John J. Pershing saluting Boy Scout colors during a military re-
view at Fort Bliss, February 2, 1920. Courtesy M. G. McKinney Collection.
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