The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 100
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to be a little skeptical as to our success; but about twelve o'clock I
observed a change in the color of the water, and on testing it I
found it less salt than it had been. This encouraged us, and our
oars bent more readily to the new impulse, the water increasing in
freshness, and the color becoming more turbid. Soon, at a dis-
tance of some four or more miles, we sighted the long looked for
top of the mast of the schooner.
Many of Mr. Harrison's friends and others who were anxious
for his return had gone on an excursion to the settlement on the
Trinity, so he concluded to go and meet them. He asked me to go
also. I told him I would rather go up the bayou-afterwards called
Buffalo Bayou-to try and kill some meat, as we were getting short,
and the captain of the schooner asked us a dollar a pound for any-
thing he could spare-bacon, sea or pilot bread, sugar, coffee, or
rice. In the morning we fixed up to prospect the bayou. Tadlock,
Alsbury, and two of the men from the other camp offered to go also.
One of the men said he had been up some ten miles, and that the
whole bottom was subject to overflow, and was then so muddy and
boggy from recent rains that he and his companions could go no-
where. They saw nothing, nor the sign of anything. We, however,
went up. Having no current to contend with, we made good head-
way, and when I supposed we had advanced some twelve miles we
concluded to prospect; for it appeared to me that the land was
higher out from the bayou, and we could occasionally see signs of
deer, as though they came for water.9
Mr. Harrison had now been gone five days, and we were anxious
for his return. He came the following day, and his surprise was
considerable to see the improvement in our outfit. I rehearsed
our adventure up the bayou. I told him that I found it as wide
twelve or fifteen miles up as here at the mouth; that its direction
was nearly west, and its course not very serpentine; and that my
impression was that its extreme source could not be very for from
the Brazos, and I thought the time would come when the navigation
of the Brazos would be through this bayou by the aid of a canal
9 Here Mr. Lewis gives a detailed and lengthy account of how he killed
a buffalo and traded part of the meat to the captains of the schooner lying
in the bay and of another that had just come from New Orleans for some
supplies, and a balance in money; and how he secured some timber and
the services of a ship's carpenter belonging to one of the vessels, to fit up
Mr. Harrison's skiff for the coasting voyage back to Louisiana.
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