Laurence and Adolph: At the Ranch Jan. 30th, 1869.
Since you have left here, I haven't been to Springville but I have seen several men and they say we have undoubtedly got a new County and Springville will I guess be the County Seat. I judge so by the improvements going up. Since you left two work shops and one store house has been put and there is talk of two more store houses and two groceries and a tenpin alley and dwellings will start up shortly if it is so we will have a respectable looking town, and our land will go like hot cakes. We have declined the idea of selling the rock pile land. We have had several to speak to us about buying. We will raise a ben on our lands in this section. I will go to town in the morning and see about our cotton. Forbis , the man who took it to Jefferson, will be back today; it will bring a good price. The ginner here says it was the best cotton he had ginned this season. We are through clearing and splitting rails and have them all hauled around our farm. We will soon be ready for ploughing. We have rented a part of the Menasco Farm. Youin's left too soon. We had an invitation to a party on Lake Fork a day or two after you left. Eugene and I went and we shuffled it off till day. Eugene found his gal; that is, the gal found him--Sall. Carr--says she will have him or die. That is the word she sent him. Eugene says she will have to die. Poor thing. Robert Cook married Miss Lou Rains last week. We had an invitation, but didn't go. We made it pay better by splitting rails. I haven't seen my gal for some time. I will call on the Critter tomorrow. We have now a cow and calf and two of Julia’s will have calves shortly. Two sows and pigs and probably three. We have no chills now, not since your departure. Write soon and send some papers. Yours C.J. Taylor
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Charles Stanfield Taylor was born in London, England, in 1808. He came to Texas in 1828, settling at Nacogdoches where he opened a mercantile business. The business was soon abandoned in favor of other pursuits.
Charles S. Taylor served as a member of the Nacogdoches ayuntamiento in 1832 and fought in the Battle of Nacogdoches. In 1834 he was elected Alcalde of San Augustine, and was appointed San Augustine Land Commissioner in 1835. Taylor represented the District of Nacogdoches at the First Convention at San Felipe de Austin in Oct. 1832 and was elected as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Constitutional Convention, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1837 by Sam Houston. Mr. Taylor served two terms as County Treasurer, 1850-54. After having been licensed to practice law in the Republic of Texas in 1839, Taylor remained very active in the profession for the remainder of his life, and was elected Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1860, until his death on Nov. 1, 1865.
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Most of the documents in the Charles S. Taylor Papers are in English although there are quite a few in Spanish and some in French. A large number of documents are from the period of the Texas Republic.
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