Letter:FAWCETT, Benjamin Keyes to GAUSS, Charles Henry - 1868-10
|From||FAWCETT, Benjamin Keyes (1827 - 1870)|
|To||GAUSS, Charles Henry (1845 - 1913)|
|Collection||Minna Gauss Reeves collection|
Fort Clark, Texas,
An answer has been due your kind letter so long that I am most a shamed to allude to it. But as you wish to be for given I hope you will be lenient & will for give Me particularly as I have had a very busey & harrowing time since I recived your letter we have been moving slowly for the last four months with over three thousan head of sheep in three hierds. Two Ewe flocks & one wether Jode & Frank helped us as far as San Antonio Sinc then we have had Mexicans, your uncle Willis & my self can under stand but little of the Mexican language & speak less -- you can well imagine that we have had an interesting time of it. a few days since one of the Mexicans named Floriencio who had been a good hand, was missing early in the morning. he carried off My Six Shooter & was in our debt twelve dollars in specie. I heard whre he had gambled the pistol off at. I got the pistol with out much trouble, but could not see anny thing more of the Mexican. This fellow your uncle Willis & I had great faith in & would have trusted him with anny thing we had.
I am greately obliged to you for your photograph the price current & the inqries made of Mr Beck. I can remember you more distinctly when I think of one or two little hunts you took with me after birds & rabbits in the hills back of town. your forehead & chinn looks just like your Fathers - Judging from the photograph you will hardly pass for a Fawcett but as I remember, you were what the Mexicans would call a Meuer Boneto Muchacho.
We have gotten ot of the range of the artists generaly, but some of them travel around in large waggons or carriages - maby they will get out as far as Fort Clark som day. I will then try & get My picture taken & send you a copy. I am glad to hear that the Democrats of Missouri are wakening up. The nited States has had greater prosperity & flourished longer under the adminsteration of the democaratic party than anny other. I think that the old fashioned principles of the Democratic party fairly & justly construed will save the government I also think that a full recognition of states rights is nessesary to the permanance of this govenment._ A large majority of the people of the Southe are opposed to the negro voting. they think that the law making part of the United States needs intelligenc added to it instead of ignornc.-- I do not think there is Much unkind feeling amoung the l intelligent portion of the Southern people for the negros - particularly those of the negros who are trying to make an honest living;
You hear I expect of a great deal of Murder & other crimes commited in Texas & the South States generaly these reports are very much egzigatated in this state. in the case of Blanco County I am pretty well acqainted. - it was reported that there was seventy inditment for crime in the county - there is only about seventy voters in this county this looked very bad for Blanco county, but on father examination it was found that thiry of the inditments was for Killing one man, during the war.
The last letter we had from your Aunt Ginnie was taken out of the office at San Antonio by Your uncle Willis. he did not open it, but was unlucky enough to lose it . consiqently we have not heard from you all in Missouri for a long time. Tell your Aunt Ginnie to let us hear again from her & we will try & take better care of her letter. Our Sheep are not doing very well now - we have lost more than half of our Lambs, but we are now in a Section of country where Sheep are generaly doing well & we hope that ours will soon improve. we are in a country where the Indians are some times troublesome & as the Texans say they some times leave a man where they find him except a little of the top of his head - Your uncle Willis bought two repeating rifles in San Antona they carrie fourteen cartrages & can be fired bery rappidly. with one of thes guns & a good Colts pistol I should not dread a fight with four or five Indians - we will prorabley stop with the Sheep near a Settle Ment on the San Phillipi - it is a Beautifull Stream. There is a company at work on it now - they will prorably irregate about a thousand acres next year & raise plenty of corn wheat & vegetables. you complain of being Sick a little. - You ad better Make our dry country a visit it is a very healthey country - give my loive to all, when you write direct to Fort Clark.
your Uncle Keyes
Source:Handwritten original in the private collection of the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, March 13, 1999.