The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 261
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A Trip to Texas
there are no wants now for me to see to, of my own. Somtimes
I wish there was; how they grow up and are gone from you
of so quickly-enjoy them while you can. When we sold out our
household things: cows, horses, mules, with our home, we
had in cash about four thousand dollars in gold. It was given
to me to take care of. I made a broad belt; sewed in a twenty
dollar gold piece; there were two rows of the twenty pieces
that I was to ware around my waist. I found I could not do
it for it was to heavy. We had another belt that held the ballance
that my husband tried to ware. Well what did we do with it:
I had a willow basket that held half bushel with a strong
handle. I put one down in the bottom of basket. Belt I made
for myself I tied to one handle, laid the belt down on bottom,
tied the other end to the other handle. That basket was never
moved from the wagon one time, except by your father or
myself. I never was so uneasy. It was put right beside me at
night. I have waked up many times, felt always for the
basket. The basket was always packing full of various things.
I never was so 'relieved as I was when I was through caring
for that basket. As soon as we landed at Dr. Russells I
gave up the contents of my wonderful basket. I had kept
watch over it thirty days and nights. Somtimes when I felt
uneasy I would raise the cover and put it under close to my
side. It was a responsibility but I got it safely through. I
thought it was a responsible place to be in; it never was of
my mind. I don't think the children knew a thing about it;
I would always tell them that it was to heavy for them
to lift, so they offerd to do it one time. Well, son, here is
what I have written-almost ashamed to send it to you,
but if I have said one or two little things that will help you,
I will be glad. I have kept the book and you can ask me any
questons and I will tell you. Please dont count the mised
spelled words; you see where I have corrected one word several
Here’s what’s next.
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