Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 102
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catch the hogs. I have killed 28 already & have
25 more fit to kill (if I can catch them).
If you will write to me two or three weeks
before you start to Texas, at what time you will
be in Houston I will meet you there, at the Old
Capitol, with a carriage.
If I can get this land adjoining me I will
promise the first payment on the first of May
next, to suit your arrival. I have not seen the
owner yet, intending to see him when I send off
Louisa joins me in love to you all. Your
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Black's Bluff
16. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
June 23, 1853
Columbus, Texas June 23rd 1853
Your letter mailed on the 8th of June &
Ma's dated the 4th were both received by the
last mail. We were very glad to hear of your safe
arrival at home; & to hear from you all. I was
very sorry to hear of the death of nephew
Charles. Tell Robert I condole with him.
The day after you left Houston, I started
home, & while nooning at Braes Bayou there
came along a large old gentleman, who after
scraping up acquaintance, announced himself
as Doctr Gibbs, & stated that he was at your
wedding. He is now living at Atlanta in Geor-
gia. The same night I reached Richmond, &
after telling the landlord my name, he made
some enquiries of me in relation to my pedigree
& said his name was Joe Nelson Maney & that
his grandmother was Lucy Tait a sister of Grand
My crop I believe is more promising than
usual at this season of the year.
Jno Goode has had an attack of chill &
fever. The rest of us are about as well as usual.
Both the boxes you sent have arrived safely.
Louisa joins me in love to you all. Your affec-
tionate son C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait
17. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
July 20, 1853
Columbus, Texas, July 20th 1853
Your letter of the 2nd inst. was recd by the
last mail. The half of the hundred dollar bill was
Louisa & myself have enjoyed good health
thus far. Caroline has had a bad bowel com-
plaint, but it is now better. There has been some
sickness amongst the negroes but nothing seri-
ous. As soon as Caroline is well enough we
expect to leave home. The weather is very
warm, the thermometer at 97 Fahrenheit in the
shade. My crop looks very promising, tho' the
corn & potatoes would be benefitted by rain, as
it is very dry now. No cotton open yet on my
place & nobody picking in the country, tho' it
is usual to commence picking early cotton by
the middle of July.
I saw Mr. R. M. Forbes of Port Lavaca the
owner of the land adjoining mine, he says he
will take six dollars an acre for his land, in three
payments, payable in New Orleans. The Law-
suit about the land will probably be decided next
January, when he can give possession. He
promised to give me the refusal & expects the
first payment when he gives possession. I will
make the necessary investigation in regard to
the land on the Sandies this summer.
Let my brother James come out as soon as
you think it safe for him to do so.
Louisa joins me in love to all.
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr.
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