ought would make all join us. Although we have sought such collision in every way, we have not yet got a fight, and the prospect is very distant.
I want the almanac in order to see from it what part of Texas may suit me. I want to raise cotton principally, but must raise corn to do me. I will need about a thousand acres of good land.
My force is increasing; many young negroes are coming on. I can send to the field about sixty-five, big and little.
I shall make no crop here this year.
I shall start my negroes from here to John Brownlee, at Shreveport, about the first of April.
I will leave my lands here to grow up in pines.
When we all get to Shreveport John Brownlee says he will go with me all over Texas.
I cannot live here and must get away.-- Many are leaving now; at least ten thousand negroes have left already, and before long one-third of the wealth of South Carolina will be in the West.
I desire you to look around and help me get a home. As ever yours, Robert Lyon."