The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 99
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Adventures of the "'Lively" Immigrants. 99
Some time about the 20th or 25th of August, Mr. Harrison and
party stopped early one morning. I took my trappings to the boat
and advanced to Mr. Morton's tent and informed him of my inten-
tion to return to the United States. He of course was a little sur-
prised, but said he thought it best for me; that my prospect was a
glooomy one here as things had turned out.
I will here remark that Mr. Morton was a brickmaker and mason.
I mention this, as it may lead to some information or identification,
as the three girls of his family are not yet old, and they can possibly
be traced out and identified. The son, "Tilly," I think perhaps died
We immediately put away for the mouth of the river. The next
day we discerned a bunch of some eight or more deer on the beach.
They were easy of approach, as they, I presume, had not apprehended
any danger from the river. Mr. Harrison took his rifle and picked
his choice, killing a fine five-prong buck. His adroitness and activ-
ity in getting it a hundred yards into the boat was amusing. I
supposed he was bringing it whole to the boat to skin and dress it;
but, to my surprise, he and the men that went after it put it into
the boat. He said he had not come to Texas to be scalped by In-
We reached the mouth in a day of two, for we went all night, and
with the river a little on the swell we made railroad time. Our wish
was to barbecue what we could of the deer as the best guarantee
to save it. We reached the west end; and, as Mr. Harrison had
promised to return by the San Jacinto and report to some of his
friends and immigrants the success of his trip, as the schooner8
had to make some repairs before proceeding on her voyage to the
mouth of the Rio Grande, and as the captain was down with fever,
we saw we should not leave for three weeks.
We started early in the morning and steered a northeast course,
which Mr. Harrison assumed to be the direction of the mouth or
confluence of the bay and the San Jacinto. We worked all day,
having some trouble with reefs and oyster banks. In the morning
we could see nothing but a waste of water, having had a light north
wind all night. I had never been on or across the bay, and began
7a See introductory note.
8 Which had brought Mr. Harrison's party to Texas, and was then lying
at the mouth of the San Jacinto.
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