Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 106
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25. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
April 20, 1854
Port Lavaca Calhoun County Texas
April 20th 1854
Mr Forbes has this day made me a deed to
the land adjoining me & I have given him drafts,
on Messrs Boykin McRae & Foster, in the ag-
gregate amounting to seven thousand dollars.
I left home on the 17th inst having that day
recd Messrs Boykin &c letter, all were well.
We had a son born on the 13th of April, &
wish you to send a name for him
Col: Turner will probably start the last of
this month to Ala. to put his daughter to school
at Camden. I will give the Col: a letter of intro-
duction to you
Your affectionate son C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr
26. Charles William Tait to Robert Tait, May
Columbus Texas, May 14th 1854
I recd a letter from you not long since, the
exact date I do not recollect, as I have mislaid
the letter. I believe too it is the second letter I
have recd from you without answering.
We are all well at present (gracias a Dios).
We had a son born on the 13th of April, & learn
from a letter to James that Felix had a daughter
born on the 18th of the same month. We are
expecting to hear by the next letter that you have
an heir also Advise Pa & Ma to get a large book
to register the names of their grand-children in,
as they will soon be too numerous to remember
I have written to Pa to send a name for my son,
I had such bad luck with my first son, that I
conclude not to give any more of my fancy
names. My daughter Caroline is growing very
fast, and is very talkative (which is nothing
remarkable for a female) She loves her uncle
James very much, as he takes a good deal of
notice of her. He in playing with her makes me
think of you & sister Caroline when she was
small. I think sometimes my Caroline looks
very much like her Aunt did at her age.
When my brother James first came out I fre-
quently called him Rob, without thinking, he
reminded me so much of you; tho' I think in
feature he resembles Fe more than he does you.
James is beginning to talk of returning to Ala.,
he has been sufficiently amused cow-driving,
has seen a good many mustangs, & is now only
waiting for us to build a pen to catch some. He
thinks of taking back one of the Paint poneys I
got for him. He has killed one deer since he has
been in Texas, & probably seen a thousand.
I have not killed a deer this year, neither did
I kill a bear last winter. I have had but poor
success raising horses. I had but four foaled last
spring & but one of them is alive now. Faunita
has but one left, of two, & that looks very puny
at present. The colts died of the distemper.
There are a great many fine horses brought to
Texas, & my chances of improving my stock
are nearly as good as yours. I have two fine
mules foaled this spring. I intend to purchase a
Jack the first good opportunity. As to dogs, I
have nearly run out of stock. Old Rogue is dead,
& the only hounds on the place are two grand
pups of his, about four months old. The bears
are so scarce now that I do not have much use
for hounds. I am getting some curs however to
manage my cattle with, & would be glad if I
could get some of the stock of the Cuba Blood-
hound. writing of dogs reminds that I have yet
hand two bear-skins one for you & one for
Felix, which I will send first chance. Thinking
of bear-skins reminds me of Strahan, he is about
as near out of dogs as I am; he hunts very little
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