Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 99
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Documents, Letters, Reminiscences, Etc.
March 6th 1850
Your letter of Jany 11th ult was received by
the last mail. We were glad to hear that you
were all well, & of Felix' safe arrival. I am
sorry Fe did not stay longer with us as he was
detained so long in Galveston. We have not
commenced planting yet but probably shall in a
few days; the trees are putting out their leaves
& admonish us it is time. We are endeavoring
to put thirty or forty acres more in cultivation
than we had last year. The gin-house I con-
cluded to postpone until we got the crop planted.
I have not seen Pinchback since Felix left &
do not know how he would sell his land &
negroes. He has employed an excellent over-
seer & probably does not wish to sell now. I do
not know how much sugar Mr Mercer made last
crop, when I saw him last he had not finished
grinding his cane.
A great many persons have immigrated to
Texas the past winter & consequently land has
risen in price a good deal & is still rising. If we
should get the raft cleared out of the river, land
will probably double in price in six months or
less. If cotton should continue at the present
prices I do not think I shall go into the cultiva-
tion of sugar-cane as a crop. The people in my
neighborhood generally seem disposed to con-
tinue the cultivation of cotton. We all will be
glad to see you this spring. If you come this year
you can come again some other time. If you
keep putting it off you cannot come so often. I
think you will be better pleased with Texas to
see it in the spring or summer, than at any other
Louisa joins me in love to you all. We are
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A. Tait Esqr
11. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
August 12, 1850
Columbus, Texas Aug 12th 1850
Your letter of the 3rd July was received on
the first of this month. I should have answered
it sooner but Louisa wrote to Ma about the time
I received it. We were glad to hear that you were
We have had some little fever among the
negroes, but Louisa & myself have continued to
enjoy excellent health, thank God. There has
been some sickness in the neighborhood, but the
dry weather has continued so long, that I believe
it has almost entirely subsided. After the ex-
ceeding wet weather of the spring, we have had
very dry weather, my young corn, & potatoes
are suffering for want of rain. The Prairie-grass
is so dry that it would burn easily if fire should
get to it. My cotton looks very promising that
that was planted in June has even exceeded my
expectations, it is blooming finely now.
I have recommenced work on my gin-house
& intend to continue until it is completed It is
much more difficult to build a house here, than
in Ala. There perhaps it is good economy to use
forty-saw gins & two mules, to a gin house; &
build more houses if necessary Here where
building materials are so hard to come at, I take
it to be the better plan to use larger gins & more
mules. As I have been so long about it I shall
endeavor to build a good house any how; & one
suited to a large or small gin.
Jane has got well of her disease, but not of
her rascality; There are now however four cases
on the place from her inoculations. I shall sell
her the first opportunity.
If you have not bought the negroes of R D.
James, do not do so, if you can secure yourself
as well in any other way. The old man I should
like to have, but the woman & children shall not
stay on my place longer than I can properly get
rid of them. If you have bought them I think I
could exchange them for some of this land
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