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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
attacks of fever amongst the negroes this sum-
mer, tho' they are generally out again in two or
three days. I discovered this morning that I have
the regular Cotton Catterpillar in my cotton. I
am afraid that with the rains in the spring the
drouth in the summer & the catterpillars in the
fall, together with the sickness among the ne-
groes, that my chance for cotton will be slim. I
have made but slow progress with my Gin
house, not having finished getting boards yet. I
would be glad (if you can convieniently) if you
would get me a ginstand you know who makes
the best in Ala. & it would probably be of some
service to the maker to send a good specimen to
Texas. You know what kind of a gin would suit
me better than I do.
I will write to Scranton about the pecans. I
can't imagine what has become of them.
We would be very glad if you would come
out to see us this fall, tho' we will be glad
enough to see any of the family.
Capts Duncan & Rugely of old Caney, went
up as high as La Grange not long since to attend
the meeting of the raft commissioners, & what
is a little remarkable neither of them had ever
been as high up the river before. There has been
some effort made towards clearing out the raft
in this river, & it has been very successful. The
men who have made the effort think that with 18
hands, & other appliances, without the aid of
steamboats, it can be cleared out by next March.
My Delta still comes regularly & I intend to
continue to take it as long as I like it as well as
I do now.
Louisa joins me in love to you all.
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr
8. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
September 24, 1849
Sept 24th 1849
As I missed the mail rider on friday, whom I
expected would mail this letter at Egypt, I
conclude to add a P S and take it with me to
Columbus today. Louisa & myself have contin-
ued to improve. I have got my Blacksmith's
shop in operation & an excellent Blacksmith
living with me, a German raised in Pennsylva-
nia, he agrees to do all my work for his board
& the use of my tools; Moses who strikes for
him he says will make a smith. I consider this
lucky as Mr Cooper, the smith is a good hand at
making the irons for gin-gear, as well as plows
C Wm T
9. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
December 25, 1849
Columbus Texas Decr 25th 1849
Your letter of Novr 19th by Felix, was
received on the 15th inst. I believe every thing
sent by Fe came safe. I thank you for the
negroes & gin &c. The bible & hymn book were
received in good order, but not the bible I
expected. When you are done with it, if I should
survive you, I shall expect to fall heir to the old
family bible. I knew the one you sent was not the
old bible as soon as I saw it. We are very glad
at receiving your daguerreotype likeness, &
wish you to send us a lock of your hair, when
you write again, to accompany it.
Tell Ma & the girls that Louisa & I thank
them for the beautiful presents sent us.
Felix can give you all the items better than
I can write. Louisa joins me in love to you all.
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait, Esqr
10. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
March 6, 1850
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