Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 107
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Documents, Letters, Reminiscences, Etc.
now, & is inclined of late to making money
Kelchs wife died last year, which caused him to
break up house-keeping, & he is overseeing for
me this year.
My crop is only tolerable, the spring was
very cold & dry. I have some corn in the tassel;
some of my cotton was only planted yesterday.
Louisa & James join me in love to you & Mary
Jane. Your affectionate brother.
Mr Robt Tait. Camden Ala.
27. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
June 1, 1854
Columbus Colorado County Texas
June 1st 1854
Your letter of May 6th was duly received,
by which we were glad to hear that you were all
well, & of course your health restored. Ma
wrote rather despondingly about your health,
which made us uneasy about you, I hope how-
ever that your health will be completely re-
stored; & would suggest travelling as a good
remedy particularly Texas ward. Brother James
is here yet, & talking about starting back soon.
I think the bottom portion of the Forbes tract
would suit him very well. I am ready to make a
title to it to him, or to any body you say. My
crop is only tolerably good, The seasons have
been very unfavorable with us. We had all
enjoyed excellent health until within a few days
past. Louisa in cleaning up our house over-
heated herself & got sick, which of course
effected our son Gilmer to some extent. He
however is looking very well & is growing fast.
Caroline has been in better health lately than she
ever was before.
I wrote a letter to you on the 25th of May,
but the river has been so high that the mails did
not cross, & I concluded as they could now
travel I had better write again, & give you the
latest news. We are all well now except Louisa,
who is doing well.
James & Louisa join me in love to you all.
son C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr Black's Bluff
28. Charles William Tait to James Asbury Tait,
July 9, 1854
Columbus Texas July 9th 1854
Yours & Ma's letters of the 13th June by
Col: Turner; also yours of May 26th were duly
recd. Your letter of May 26th I did not answer
as brother James was about starting home when
I received it. Col: Turner sent the letters in, I
have not seen him yet. I saw brother James & his
poney on board the N. O. Steamer, on the 24th
of June, which day the steamer sailed. I hope he
has arrived safe at home before this. He can
answer a good many of the queries contained in
your letter of the 26th of May.
As relates to the Rabb league I do not know
the result of the trade, but rather think it fell
thro'. A good deal of cotton went down the
Colorado this spring, going thro' the canal
around the raft. If the canal is kept open for a
few years the prospect is that it will remain
permanently open. Instead of more sugar plan-
tations being opened, some sugar planters be-
tween here & the bay are plowing up their cane,
& planting cotton.
We have had a great deal of rain this
summer, more than we have had any summer
since '46. The probability is, if the rains do not
cease soon, that we shall have the catterpillar in
our cotton, & if we do our chances for a crop are
very slim. The corn crops in this section of the
state are generally very good.
Our white family has had very good health
so far, except Gilmer who has been somewhat
sick lately. Louisa joins me in love to you & all
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