The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 356
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Texas about two hours before I received his answer, and the vessel
is to sail on the 13th. So I cannot come.
Father is about the city, but I can't find where.. Direct your
letters to Galveston, Texas.
Fort Houston,6 Texas, January 20o, 1845
I have now been living in Texas since the last time you heard from
me, which has been about four years.
I have had very bad luck since I came to Texas, and I have also
had some very good. The Indians came very near agetting me a
number of times. They ran me off my horse once and took everything
I had to the amount of eleven hundred dollars, but two of them
paid very dear for their whistle, for I left them lying where I dis-
mounted. I killed them both at one shot. But I have left the Frontier
and am now living in the settlements of Fort Houston and shall, so
far as I know at this time, make it my home the balance of my days.
I now at this time turn my attention to farming and overseeing
altogether. I am still single and shall remain so until I hear from you,
if that ain't too long. You are a good farmer, I expect, and if you
were in this country, you could make money at raising corn and
cotton, for corn is worth at times here one dollar per bushel. I would
like the best in the world to see you here, so that we could sit down
together. If I cannot get you to move to this country, I must insist on
your coming out to look at it, for if I can get you to look at it, I will
be sure of your coming. I have plenty of land, and, if you will come
out here, I will give you three hundred and twenty acres of land for
you to settle on, and I will settle down with you. If you are married,
give my best respects to your wife. If you do come to this country, I
shall want you to bring one fine young lady with you, for there is
plenty of young men here, and women are very scarce. Fetch one that
is a pretty good hand about a house, a good sewer, and pretty good
looking, and she can do well here.
I must give you a description of our way of living in this country.
In the first place, the houses are made of logs, and when you go into
them, you will find the furniture very scarce and very indifferent,
but there is plenty to eat such as it is-corn, sweet potatoes, milk,
5By 1845, Galveston was described as "the great commercial emporium of Texas"
and was credited with a population of nearly five thousand inhabitants and called
the most thriving town upon the sea coast. Willis W. Pratt (ed.), Galveston Island,
the Journal of Francis C. Sheridan, 1839-z84o (Austin, 1954), 43n.
6Fort Houston was established in 1835. It consisted of a stockade and blockhouse
and was located in what is presently Anderson County. In 1841, the Congress of
the Republic of Texas passed an act making Fort Houston the seat of justice for
Burnet County which was to be created from Houston County. The county of
Burnet was never carved out of Houston County, but was created in Central Texas.
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