G.T.T., Gone to Texas: Letters from Our Boys

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Thomas Hughes
Macmillan, 1884 - Frontier and pioneer life - 228 pages
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A valuable and entertaining account of three young Englishmen who emigrated to Texas. The book consists of letters written home between 1878 and 1883. The three boys bought an 800 acre ranch near Boerne, and by 1883 had a successful sheep, cattle and horse ranch. The work, edited by their father, was written in part to encourage the second and third sons of English gentlemen, impoverished by a want of opportunity in England to emigrate to America.

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Page 28 - speaking of this side of the river, as I haven't been across yet; the other side seems to be as large. The river here is as broad as the Thames at London Bridge, but shallow; no navigation comes up as far as .this, and the town is built on a sandy kind of soil and about
Page 27 - s o that a Mexican dollar, which is at par in Mexico, can be bought in America for 85 cents. We brought a box full (two or three thousand I expect) of Mexican dollars with us safely. We passed some splendid scenery occasionally. Most of the way is quite flat, but two days we came upon hills
Page 57 - s ranche. He was very jolly, and made me stay that night, and in about two weeks I am going to spend a week or so there. He has got a lovely place amongst hills, with lots of everPARTII.green oaks. He has about 9x6 miles, half
Page v - Well! Well!! Well!!!" (crescendo) was the long-drawn-out exclamation of a Northern friend of ours, when more than four years ago a younger brother of mine told him that he was just allowing his eldest son, a boy of eighteen, to start alone for Texas, there to seek his fortune. Our friend's eyes opened wider and wider, and filled with pity not untouched by scorn, as he
Page 143 - FROM WILLY TO MADGE. The Ranche, July 14, 1881. . . . Have you got your donkey or mule yet ? Thunder! It would be as good as a circus to see you prancing about on a sprightly pieballed mule; tail cut short, likewise mane; none of your lanky good-for-nothing mules, but a fat, PART
Page 109 - getting up stones for the rock fence, and two more cutting wood on contract. The land is in places very heavily timbered with live oak. I pay a man 4s. per cord for cutting up the wood, and I am going to cart it into B , where I can get
Page 106 - very easily raised, and keep through the winter. We had to stop ploughing for a few days, owing to the " Norther," but we are going at it again now for some days. . . . FROM THE DOCTOR. The Ranche, Feb. 6, 1880. ... I went down to San Antonio on Gipsy last
Page 148 - post holes for our new fence; but we have nearly finished it now. I hope the Governor will bring you down here this Fall, as he says he may be able to, and that you will be strong enough to get lots of riding here. Gaining .... . . ... . . ,. '. Dec.
Page 1 - When all the world is young, lads, And all the trees are green, With every goose a swan, lads, And every lass a queen, Then, Hey
Page 196 - A merry Christmas and all the rest of it. Thanks for the socks. They turned up loose at San Antonio, the parcel having busted somehow. They will be very welcome and useful I expect before winter is over, as, when we do have bad weather, of course we have to be out in it, and we haven't come to

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