Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 1, Number 10, September, 1991 Page: 314
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Dewees' reminiscences put into the form of letters to a
female friend in Kentucky. There are no "letters" to his
mother within it.
The contract between Dewees and Kimball for
their first book also mentions that a second book, called Life
on a Frontier or Adventures of Will Dewees, had been
completed in manuscript form. Perhaps this book too was
to contain contrived letters and perhaps the letter below was
to be in it. In any case, the text of the new "letter" as it ran
in the Headlight and a transcription of the contract between
Dewees and Kimball are reproduced below:
Colorado River, Mexico,
January 1, 1824
In answer to a letter I received from you request-
ing me to come home, I can only reply thus: I landed in this
country in January, 1822 and found no person in the
country, only a few who came with me -- only Indians,
buffalo and all kinds of game. While [Stephen F.] Austin was
in Mexico obtaining a grant to settle his colony, there were
a few families came in '22 and '23. What few of them there
were -- say 14 men in all -- were engaged weekly in
protecting the women and children, and in killing game for
them to live on.
Now, mother, you and my sisters are in Ken-
tucky, where you have plenty to eat, and no person to
disturb you at night. Now, if you will contrast your condition
with the poor helpless women and children in this wilderness
you would not ask me to come home. Mother, I am
determined to be honest and brave. I have been taught that
these two traits in a man will make a Christian. I know there
are men who claim to be Christians who are neither brave nor
Mother, I know you are a praying woman, and
Here’s what’s next.
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