James S. Bourland Letter

24 May 1867 to his wife, Naomi (McGill) Bourland

Source: Bourland file, Herman Brown Free Library, Donated by Wilford Stephenson, Burnet Texas.


Head North Concho Texas, May the 24th/67

Dear wife,

I have an opportunity of sending you few lines from here which may be the last until I get through. We are all well have seen no Indians yet. We camped last night 7 (?) miles below the last water on Concho and today we start across.

Black Bill of Ike Williams' (three words unreadable) with four others came across day before yesterday. Saw no Indians. The Indians that took Gooches Whitehead & Adams' cattle went off South they say. The Soldiers took their trail yesterday and said they would follow them up. I think now that we will go _____ anyway to the Pacos (?) safe.

Bill tells me that there is plenty of water at Castle gap 12 miles this side the Pacos. Col Dalrymple with about 75 men is close behind us.

Naomi be hopeful I hope to get through safe and sound. I but very little time to write this morning. I have no(t) seen my horses this yet though they are close by. I turned them across the creek when I came off guard last night. Well we have pict up several head of Adams' cattle as we came up. We have had no stampede yet and I hope we will not.

Naomi I nothing more of any great interest to write you now and no time. And will close and go after my hosses. I will write to you every opportunity. Take care of yourself and the children and be a cherful and hopeful. Kiss the children for me and teach them to read and write if you can. ...several words unreadable...

your affectionate husband ...J.S. Bourland

 

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