Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, May, 1996 Page: 109
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Documents, Letters, Reminiscences, Etc.
whole of the Haley land is for sale now, which
could for cash be bought at a price that would do
even to speculate on.
The bottom land belonging to the estate of
Judge Miller was appraised by Mr Wright &
others at twenty dollars per acre, under oath.
The catterpillars are in my cotton, but it is
so late I do not apprehend much mischief. We
have all enjoyed better health this year than
usual. I expect to hire a ditcher who will
commence operations in October, which I think
will still further improve the health of the place.
Our son is five months old to day, & has cut
one tooth, which is a month earlier than our
other children. Caroline grows very fast, & oc-
casionally gets the shells you gave her, & has a
long talk about you & them.
Louisa joins me in love to you & all
Your affectionate son
C Wm Tait
Jas A Tait Esqr
Black's Bluff Ala.
31. Charles William Tait to James G. Tait, June
Columbus Colorado County, Texas
June 17th 1857
Dear brother James
Your letter with an addition by Tine was
duly received. In the confusion of moving to
Columbus, your letter has been mislaid, & the
date forgotten. We moved into our old Shanty
on the 3rd of June inst. We are all well, except
the children who have slight fever from vacci-
nation. Our crops have suffered a great deal
from the drouth, We had a shower yesterday,
which I hope will be repeated, of which we have
some prospect this morning. So far as fevers are
concerned, the country has been unusually
healthy this year, two dry for malaria. Since
your left two of our citizens have died viz: Doctr
Wilson; & W R. Turner commonly known as
big Turner. My prospect for a crop is very bad
indeed, late frosts & long drouths have done the
The pony stock are doing well. Jenny Lind
has had a colt since you left, a black pacing
Quebec. I expect three more soon, from Ton,
Beck, & September. I have partly bargained for
a pony for Sarah, I do not know yet how he will
suit. Now would be a fine time to buy ponies
west of this, as I understand that prairie grass is
actually failing for want of rain. I wish you to
come out early in the fall. Ask Fe to send me a
copy of the charter of the Mobile Bank in which
the State is interested. The Bank question is all
the rage here now.
Tell Tine that Lou has only recd one letter
from her since she left, & that was written in
New Orleans. Tell her to write to me some, &
that I like her stile of writing rather better than
Old Mr Lack was over to see us last Sunday;
he does not have the chills now, but looks leaner
than he did last year. Tell Ma I will try & have
a room fixed for her & Tine by cold weather.
Louisa & Caroline join me in love to you &
Your affectionate brother
C Wm Tait
Mr Jas. G. Tait
32. Charles William Tait to Louisa M. Tait,
January 2, 1864
Sabine Pass, Jany 2nd 1864
My dear wife
As Mr Bradshaw leaves for Houston, &
perhaps for La Grange, I again have an oppor-
tunity of writing to you. I am still in good health.
Niel is well. George is well. If Mr Bradshaw
will call however he can give you all the news.
We are now having intensely cold weather; ice
strong enough to bear the weight of a man &
horse. Have had heavy rains. We are ordered to
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