The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 82
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82 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
"April 16th. To-night I attended the assembly of the Grand
Lodge in the 'Senate Chamber. There were about forty (40) mem-
bers present, and much decorum was observed by the fraternity."
Here is quoted a paragraph from the memoir by Mr. Sexton:
"Mr. Fowler was a zealous and active member of the Ancient and
Honorable Order of Free and Accepted MIasons. Here, as else-
where, he merited and received the confidence and attachment of
his brethren. He was the first Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge
of Texas, land was present at its organization. The records of the
Grand Lodge still exhibit his name as one of its original members."
"April 23rd. I was invited to dine with President Houston,
but declined on account of indisposition and for other reasons. He
had about a dozen friends attendant on his hospitality."
Again the private letter of date 21st April is quoted from: "To-
day is the second anniversary of the battle of ,San Jacinto, and a
fine time for "Big Bugs" to get drunk without reproach. Happy
am I to say that my friend and brother, General Rusk, is much
reformed. Last night a splendid ball was given at the hotel.
About fifty ladies, and two hundred ,or three hundred gentlemen
were in attendance. I enclose a ball invitation which may afford
you some amusement to see how such things are done in the Capital
of the Republic. Please do not infer from this that I am partial to
One more incident copied from his journal, and a letter dated
May 14th. "So soon as I recovered from my serious illness I took
a trip to Galveston Island with the President and the members of
Congress, and saw great men in high life. If what I saw and heard
were a fair representation, may God keep me from such scenes in
future. * * * 'The island is destitute of timber, but seems to
be quite healthy. We were most hospitably entertained. It is des-
tined to be the chief point of commercial importance, perhaps the
chief city -of Texas. On our return on Sunday afternoon, about
one-half on board got mildly drunk and stripped themselves to
their linen and pantaloons. Their Bacchanalian revels and blood-
curdling profanity made the pleasure boat a floating hell. The
excursion 'to me was one :of pain and not pleasure. I relapsed
from this trip and was brought near to the valley of death."
After the marriage of Mr. Fowler that spring, 1838, he con-
tinued to reside in Naoogdoches and San Augustine for several
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899, periodical, 1898/1899; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101011/m1/86/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.