Ross Family Letters, RG 149


Haynesville La

April 2nd 1860


DAG Ross


Dear Sir  After my respects to all I will say to you that I have just landed in this place & was proud to find a letter from you  I have Been to Texas, I looked at the land in Titus Cty, Cass, Hopkins and Bowie Ctys.  There is a Small portion of Bowie Cty that is the best waterd country I believe that I ever saw anywhere  I found me a fine place with a most beautiful Spring near the House & the horse lot Just below it twelve miles from the Red River twelve miles from the Sulpher fork & twelve miles from the Rail Road.  The Boats Run around the [Raft]  this country I speak of is about one hundred miles above the [Raft] & I think the healthiest most healthly country I have seen west.  It is about one hundred & thirty miles from this place & forty five miles from SJ Holstun Green tell Father I do not like Holstuns Country from the fact they have neither water nor timber & then I think they are in a high dry country & there is [ei]ther two much sand I cannot think it will [paper torn] well  The country I like best has not so much sand in it & the soil is fine as split silk  Just the coller of wet ashes well in some places it is almost yellow & then there is Just about enough timber of the best kind  Land is rating there from two to ten dollars per acre I did not buy from the fact I did not like to go out by my self  But if I live I expect to settle in Bowie Cty Well now Green let me tell you about James Hutchisons & A Rowes country I did not see their places But I was in the same settlement and I would not honestly have land there in the woods for this reasin the very worst spot in Father Bottom is not more than half as hard to plow as the fresh sand flats are there they have the Black Jack Runners the Blue Jack Runners the white oak Runners & the post oak Runners  They plow their new ground with cutting colters & it takes two of the best kind of yokes of oxen to pull it well then they pile these roots & plow the other way & pile again & burn & it takes a good mule then to pull a plow well it takes about five years they tell me to get rid of these roots well now such land I will not have in the woods nowhere  you must not say much about this [it] might hurt feelings & then I may be deceived [about] the country  As to the news generally of the country I hear nothing fresh  I believe land is going up provisions are very high the health of the country is good


Ana Sends her respects  She will write to Jane in a few days My Respects to all.

D Hicks


DAG Ross

Camphill Ala


nb.  I find some true universalist friends here occationally, DH