Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 100
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adjoining me. If you have not & do not buy
them, I have James' Power of Attorney to sell
them. Eunice will be delivered, in the course of
a month or so, & as I judge from her conduct,
of a mulatto.
Louisa joins me in love to you all
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait, Esqr
12. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
October 2, 1850
Columbus, Texas October 2nd 1850
Your letter of Septr 5th was recd yesterday,
by which we were glad to hear from you all &
that you were well. We are all well, thank God,
not a single sick one on the place. Louisa was
safely delivered of a daughter on the 28th Septr
ult, mother & daughter both doing well. I hope
this grand child will be some inducement for
you to come out this fall. We wish you or Ma to
send a name for it.
If all your children are lucky in raising their
offspring I think, you will be like the patriarchs
of old, the father of nations.
I had the "Texas Monument" sent to you, &
will stop it at the end of the year as you desire.
I received & answered long since, your letter
containing the contract you make with your
overseers. I received a letter from R D. James
yesterday, desiring me to sell his negroes here.
He appeared from the tone of his letter to be
miffed that you did not buy them. I will sell them
the first opportunity.
Mary had a boy child on the 28th August,
& white as I expected. I have not yet sold Jane.
We finished gathering the corn on monday last,
(all but a little late new-ground corn), about
1100 bushels. Our cotton is very much opened,
& materially lessened by the severe drought,
We have not had a good rain here since June.
Louisa joins me in love to you all.
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr
13. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
January 7, 1851
Jany 7th 1851
Your letter of Novr 21st ult was received on
the 17th of Decr, but as Louisa wrote to Ma
about that time I concluded not to answer it
then. I received one also at the same time from
Felix. Fe appears to be highly delighted with his
matrimonial connections. I am sorry he did not
marry sooner. We are all enjoying good health,
thank God, not one on the place who can not eat
his or her allowance. I have not yet finished my
gin house, there is so much to hinder that we get
along very slowly with it.
I do not know how many hogsheads of
sugar Mr Mercer has made, altho' I have seen
the old man & one of his sons, since they quit
grinding. I heard him say however that he
would leave twelve acres (spoiled by the freeze)
untouched. We have had the coldest weather
this winter that has ever been experienced in
Texas, even by the "oldest inhabitant." A good
many of the planters by Caney have lost a large
portion of their cane by the severity of the cold.
I think from the start that has been made that
this year will see the raft cleared out of the
Colorado River. The immigrants are flocking to
Texas, like Pigeons to their roosts, both from
the states & Europe. The immigration has not
been so great to my immediate neighborhood,
but very great from about Lagrange & upward
on this river, & to other parts of the country. I
have been told that there is but one old settler
left in Rabb's Prairie. The price of land is
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