Letter:FAWCETT, Willis to Virginia Fawcett - 1871-06-10

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From FAWCETT, Willis (1809 - 1878)
To FAWCETT, Virginia (1806 - 1882)
Date: 10 Jun 1871
Family(s) Fawcett
From Bill Fawcett's book: Yes
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Letter Willis Fawcett, Virctoria TX to Virg. Fawcett, St Charles MO 6/10/1871 Victoria, Texas

June 10, 1871

My dear Sister Ginnie

I came to this place for the purpose procuring the enclosed draft of $1000.00 payable in gold, which when you receive & realize will be in payment of the note & interest you hold against the Estate of our dear brother Keyes[1].

Eugene[2] will advise Robert[3] how to invest the amount to the best advantage so as to bring you safely interest.

I have sold the wool shorn from the sheep last month at 35 cents gold, delivered at the camp where shorn - which is doing much better than usual for the region.

I have been trying to sell the sheep, but have as yet had no reasonable offer. It is my intention to sell them as soon as in proper condition at Galveston or New Orleans as mutton.

The children of Gonzales County Frank[4], Brancie[5] & Robert[6] are getting along as usual, except Curtis[7] who, we have just been informed is suffering from a severe pain in the rear of the left eye. We are feel more auxious about it as his mother[8] suffered as much apparently as a human could and until her eye burst a short time before she died. We have consulted with a physician at Yorktown & started Frank back home to apply the remidy recommended, which is blister on the temple & back of the ear. Rusiana[9] added the recommendation of piercing the ears with green silk thread.

Frank is still with the sheep and also Bobbie. Bobbie is complaining with a smarting or burning sensation of the eye lids and in consequence is not attending to his books. His aunt this morning got me to work on his ears, and he is now wearing a set of rings of green silk thread!

The expenses on the sheep are up to this time, including the removal from La Salle County, have been very heavy. A set of hands was indispensible extra help in lambing time, shearing at 5 cents per head; pay to Frank $2 pr day (just what he could & would have gotten for helping with cattle but for the sheep), some allowance for myself for my time at $1 pr day. When I was offered a situation at Austin city during the sitting of the Legislature of six months at $6 per day. All expenses up to this time amount to over eleven hundred dollars to this date, and in consequence of the scab will have to dip all the sheep, which will involve probably $150.00 more.

I have recieved $1132.00 from Ibessn Rhodius, & Co of San Antonio which brother [Benjamin Keyes Fawcett] had deposited with them.

I want Robert Gauss to read this and whatever I may write about the Estate matters, and to speak out his mind freely as to law & justice. And if he should have any enquires to make to write me without hesitation. If he has any recollection of his uncle and cares half as much about him as I do for ‘said’ Robert & his brother & sister may be he will wirte any how.

Rusiana joins me in love to you and each of all at St. Charles & on the Dardenne.

Your affectionate brother, Willis

P.S. Please acknowledge the receipt of this promptly as I shall feel some anxiety about the draft.

  1. FAWCETT, Benjamin Keyes (1827 - 1870)
  2. GAUSS, Eugene (1811 - 1896)
  3. GAUSS, Robert (1851 - 1913)
  4. FAWCETT, Francis Scott (1849 - 1934)
  5. FAWCETT, Bransonia (1853 - 1937)
  6. FAWCETT, Robert McMahon (1859 - 1933)
  7. FAWCETT, Joseph Curtis (1856 - 1940)
  8. HILL, Ann Elizabeth Pride (1827 - 1868)
  9. WIGHT, Jerusha Burnet (1820 - )


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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