The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

DIARY OF ADOLPHUS STERNE
EDITED BY HARRIET SMITHER, ARCHIVIST, TEXAS STATE LIBRARY
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Wednesday the 2d February 1842 very hard Rain last night.
keeps on raining to day- wrote a very long letter this morning
to Mrs Silverberg of Canton, very severe Showers of Rain and
gusts of wind during the day had to mend Fences eta. Bennett
Blake Commenced Boarding with me at $20 per month.
Thursday the 3d rain during the night, Clar this morning,
Settled to day with (the widow) Carmel Mora the Owner of the
Stone House paid her nine Dollars which is the Ballance I owed
her up to this day, gave up my Power of attorney I retain the
lower end Room of the Stone House till I see Juan Mora who is
now the agent. Eastern mail arrived but brought nothing from
beyond San Augustin,
Friday the 4th February 1842 weather cleared of last night
Cold north wind this morning. planted trees before breakfast
went up to the Office. Juan Mora the Husband of Maria del
Carmel Mora who in presence yesterday of Bennett Blake gave up
all her power and interest to the said Juan Mora to the half of
the Stone House, this day in the presence of James Smith Bennett
Blake, J. H. Holland, and Mr Hollingsworth made a bargain with
me to let me have the East small Room on the lower ground of
the Stone House at two dollars & fifty cents per month untill the
first of January 1843 next ensuing I, having paid up till the 1st of
February presento, Mr Bennett Blake at the same time rented the
half of the Middle Room at $5.00 pr month till the 1st of January
1843.
Saturday the 5th Cold last night, bright day to day- nothing
of interest occurred. Grog Shops all Shutt up no Cash Credit very
Sick, held Court to day on a very intricate case, not decided yet
Lodge met tonight affiliated Taliaferro made my report to the
[lodge] 8as its representative in the Grand Lodge of the Republic
38For local lodge Sterne uses a Masonic symbol, for the interpretation
of which I am indebted to Mr. H. F. McDonald, P. M., and Secretary of
Hill City Lodge, No. 456, A. F. and A. M., Austin, Texas.

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