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[Col. Nicholas Copeland letter to Martin Bridgman, April 25, 1835]

Description: 1835 letter of Col. Nicholas Copeland to his son-in-law Martin Bridgman of Arkansas, enticing him to move to Texas. The letter discusses the price of land and cattle, as well as the profitability of crops such as cotton and corn. Copeland adds a note for Harry Currin, a free African-American, stating that Texas is a safe place to settle. His land grant (settlement & fortification) described in the letter was 25 miles west of the Trinity River just before crossing the Navasota River. This letter was written at Robbins' Ferry on the Old San Antonio Road at the crossing of the Trinity River (letters went east from there to be carried & put in the US mail system).
Date: April 25, 1835
Creator: Copeland, Nicholas
Partner: Other

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, October 21, 1881]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, from when he was traveling around in Texas. He told her where he'd been traveling and that he and the family were doing well. He closed his letter by saying she should bring her roommate down next time she visits.
Date: October 21, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, August 5, 1873]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote his wife a brief letter from a car going from Waco to Bremond, Texas. In his letter, he related to his wife the expenses he has incurred on his trip so far and let her know that their daughter, Ora, was doing well.
Date: August 5, 1873
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College