Letter from Cliff (Cornelius) Lankford to his brother William E. Lankford:
I'm typing this this as written. The letter is written in a code that he
and his brother knew. My grandfather translated it on the blank side of the
William E. Langford
Sent from Delores, Col
Apr Has 2cent stamp on envelope
Dear sir, You will be supprised at this perhaps as I have not writen to
anyone for so long a time. I would like to know what you are doing so I
thought I would write. I write this way so if you betray me I will know it
ant I think I can trust you. I cannot explain in this why I do not care to
have the folks know where I am just yet. I am now working in a saw mill.
Stay here till spring. Then I am going to trade with the navajoe inidians
for Horses take them up to Colorado and sell them. What are you doing how
would you like to come out here if you say that you will come the first of
Feburary I will pay half your fair and will tell you how to come in my next
I recon you thought I was dead if you think me worthy of your notice let me
hear from you at once give me all the news and say what you think of coming
I will close for this time. wishing you will and hoping to hear from you
soon. I am as ever Your Brother.
Direct to me at Flagstaff Arizona
in care of E.E. Ayer.
I don't know if any further mail was sent. William E. did go to visit but
it was many years latter and he did not see his brother. In later years he
did finally write his parents. I do not have theos letters.