Austin, April 7th/65 My Dear Uncle:
Ma desires me to write to you in regard to the old Homestead. We are paying $20 per month for the house we occupy now and Ma finds it difficult to meet the quarterly demands and is now in arrears. Please try to collect some money for the rent of the old house and remit it to Ma by the first opportunity.
From what we hear I fear that the old place is fast going to ruin and I sometimes wish to go back and live there again.
He also wants some information about the numerous taxes. Have you or has -Charlie, paid the taxes on the old place or on any land? There are fifteen hundred acres shown on the collector's book and Ma wants to know where it is. She doesn't remember and I have never posted myself. Please write by return mail, for Ma wants to know how much to pay, and it will be due very soon.
We are all well. Dolph and I suffer with neuralgia occasionally. Hope all of you are well. Give my best regards to Aunt Nancy and all the family. No late news from Louis and Mr. suppose they are on their way home. Please write.
Yours affectionately, Rosine Sterne.
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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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