|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1871/03/01|
|Scope & Content||
Seguin Texas March 1st 1871
My dear Robert,
Your very welcome but rather unexpected letter was handed me a short time since. I have been traveling in Western Texas since December last hence the reason I did not get your letter sooner. I am now located neat the town of Seguin, where I expect to engage in a Sea Island Cotton Stock raising business. I am cultivating in connection with a Mr. John Boring with whom I formerly had business relations on Galveston Island.
I have often thought of writing you a letter since I saw you last, but some how or other that petty thief "procrastination" would step in between me and my resolution and prevent my doing so. Now that the ice is broken I think we had better keep the correspondence as we are the only two of the family left. I think it very unbrotherly in us to be so estranged. I am very sorry to learn that any ill feeling exists between you and sister Eddie in regard to the portrait containing a likeness of myself & mother. God knows you are both very
Dear to me and it pains me exceedingly to think we cannot get along amicably together. I gave Eddie the privilege of keeping my effects until I could be situated so that I might make some other disposition of them. Should I die without marrying -which I will here state. I have no interest of doing-I expect to leave you all of my effects. You will keep this to yourself and if Eddie writes to me for a document to hold the portrait I will satisfy her on that point.
I received a letter form Eddie a short time since in which she states that the estate of Uncle William is about to be settled. I hope such is the case & that the administrators will finish up the business before stealing everything.
And now my brother Bob before closing I'm to ask a small favor of you. I wish to procure the words & music of the following songs and I cannot purchase them here. You will please purchase & forward them to me by mail rig-first "Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain" - second -"only a Little Faded Flower" (by J.R. Thomas) Third "Linger in Blissful Repose"
As I do not know what they will cost
you will forward bill to me.& I will enclose the amount to you by return mail, and as it is almost impossible to get hold of a "Greenback" here - no money but gold & silver being in circulation & as I wish to send for a few more articles to be forwarded by mail - a list of which I will forward hereafter, you will, if convenient forward them to me with bill & when the amount reaches some 10 or 125 dols I will procure and send you an order in your favor on some House in New Orleans, which I can easily obtain from responsible merchants here. By so doing you will greatly oblige.
Your affectionate brother,
Address me at Seguin
Care I.H. Ferrell
If you have a photograph likeness of yourself you will please send me one.
P.S. As I am at a loss for "light literature" you will send me now and then a L.I. weekly paper & any of the N.Y. Illustrated papers you may get hold of