Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 97
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Documents, Letters, Reminiscences, Etc.
should probably have had some sickness from
it. I now feel the want of a gin, the toll I will have
to pay out of the present crop would go far
towards paying for it. I think it will be best for
me to get the cast iron cogs or segments. I have
been told that the best are made in Talladega
county Ala. If you would make some enquiries
about it, price quality &c I would be glad.
Whose make of Ginstands are the best?
I want to plant an acre or two of sugar cane
this fall, which will hinder me still more in
I do not think of any thing more just now
that would interest you. Louisa joins me in love
to you all.
Your affectionate son C Wm Tait
Jas A. Tait Esqr
6. Charles William Tait to Felix Tait, May 24,
At the Ranch May 24th 1849
Your letter of the 16th of April was received
on the 13th of May, but as I wrote home about
that time I concluded not to answer your letter
at that time. We are all well at present. Louisa
had a fever the other day, which I think was
caused by her breast which is not entirely well
yet. She is now however as well as usual.
We have had no Cholera here yet, but it has
been more fatal in San Antonio than in any place
of the same population in the U S. I suppose you
have learned from the N. papers before this that
Genl. Worth died of it at that place. Our county
continues very healthy, tho' I fear we shall have
some sickness, as it has turned very dry, after
such quantities of rain in the winter & spring.
My crop is promising, we are working over
the corn now for the last time, the dry weather
has given us an opportunity of getting one crop
clean, which got very foul during the spring
rains. We are now very much in want of rain.
We have nothing very new or interesting on and
now; Strahan still talks of the medicinal virtues
of his roots, & the great medical skill possessed
by his father; Kelch is alive yet without any
change; both of them have good crops. I tried to
convince Strahan to day that it was bad farming
to keep a crop too clean, I am afraid I have
rather brought him to that conclusion, as I beat
him so far always at gathering time, when his
crop was kept always clean, & mine quite the
reverse. The frost had rather a singular effect
here in some cases; sometimes the cotton was
killed on one side of a dividing fence, & not
injured on the other, when both appeared to be
situated equally favorable. My cotton next the
ferry was killed, while some I had planted in the
upper end of the field was not injured. My colt
Daniel that came into the world under such
unfavorable circumstances is the best plough-
horse I have. Jackdaw I swapped off for a fine
We would be glad if you could come out this
summer, but I fear that when the Cholera abates
the vomits will commence, & you will be
prevented altogether. Louisa joins me in love to
you all. Your affectionate brother
C Wm Tait
Mr Felix Tait
7. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
September 21, 1849
Columbus, September 21st 1849
Your letter of the 24th August was received
on the 14th inst. We were glad to hear from you
all, but sorry to learn that Felix was sick, we
hope he has recovered long before this, when
your letter was received we were both well, but
Louisa & myself have had an attack of fever
since, tho' I am up again now, & I expect Louisa
will be out tomorrow We have had a great many
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