The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914

Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1888-1839

EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARY OF W. Y. ALLEN,
1838-18391
EDITED BY WILLIAM S. RED
Wednesday, March 28th, 1838. Arrived at Galveston in the
Schooner Johannes, about noon, after a smooth voyage from New
Orleans. No horrors of seasickness. Find a good harbor and a
beautiful bay. Galveston is a very small town, but likely to grow
owing to its location. Met with Judge Underwood and Colonel
[P. W.] Grayson, both from Kentucky, the latter from Bards-
town, from whom I received marked attention, and to whom I
owe lasting gratitude.
Friday, March 30th. Left Galveston on the S. B. Friend, with
a number of passengers from Houston. Passed San Jacinto. Bat-
tle Ground, of which we had a good view from the deck of the
steamer. Met on board Prof. Yates of Union College, New York,
a very pleasant gentleman.
Saturday, March 31st. Arrived at Houston at 8 a. m. Deliv-
ered letters, took lodgings at Madam Milon's. Had a sofa for a
bed. Made several agreeable acquaintances.
Sabbath, April 1st. Preached three times this day in the Capi-
'Rev. William Y. Allen was born near Shelbyville, Kentucky, May 7,
1805. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His early education was obtained
in the "old field schools" of his early youth. At the age of twenty-one
he commenced the study of law with Singleton Wilson of Kentucky. At
the age of twenty-four he made a profession of faith and commenced to
study for the ministry. He was graduated from Centre College, in 1832,
and taught in that institution for two and one-half years, studying the-
ology under Dr. Young. He spent one year at Princeton Seminary. He
labored for a short time in Pennsylvania and then in Alabama, from
whence he came to Texas. After laboring four years in Texas, at his own
expense, he returned to Kentucky, and from thence went to Rockville, In-
diana, where he was pastor for fourteen years. Thereafter, he labored
as a missionary until the time of his death, which occurred at Rockville,
Indiana, February 13, 1885. Mr. Allen came to Texas March 28, 1838,
and finally left the Republic February 17, 1842. Thus his experiences
cover four years of the early history of the Republic, when most men were
too busy making history to have time for preserving a record of the events.
During that time he made four trips to the United States: for the pur-
pose of being ordained (September 10 to October 22, 1838) ; to recuperate
(January, 1840); to get married (July, 1840), and to collect funds for a
church building (February, 1841). But he was actually in the Republic
about three years, and his position of chaplain to the congress of the
Republic, Senate and House in succession, brought him into such relation

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