tration a severe, if not fatal, blow. It would have lost me
everything, injured the credit of my officers and men as
fighting men, and it would have been an argument
against the use of Rangers for all time to come. Under all
these circumstances I ask you to do what I conceive
is a simple act of justice--make Camp Runnels
a double-ration post from the time the force was
called into service or from the 10th of March. It would
be a favor to me, which I should appreciate grate-
fully. The effect of the order would be to increase
my pay nearly one third.
In regard to the estimates of the Comptroller
they are all wrong, and not in accordance with
existing laws. Capt. Givens was here yesterday and
he makes my pay $163 dollars for a month of 30
days, what just the U.S. Regulations of the Pay
Department, make it, and the Compt. puts it down
I have not time to write to Scott. I am much obliged
to him for it. The P.S. is a piece of impudence. "Marry"
indeed, why I always could have married if could have
found the right woman. I was only hunting after her.
I am preparing to make a scout on the Upper Colorado and
to scour the San Saba country, and am distributing
my force to cover the exposed points in this vicinity. I don't
think another expedition could be successfully made against
the Comanches now. Fall is the best time. We don't know
where they are. They ran off. We must send our spies
to find them. It is useless to move without doing that first.
To tell the truth our horses could not go now -- they are
not yet recruited -- Respects to Marshall Steiner, Flournoy, Bird
John S. Ford