The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 104
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104 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
I took a boat-I think the "Car of Commerce"--, and the follow-
ing day I went to the city, working my passage down.
Now I will give my judgment as to why the immigrants of the
Lively missed the connection with Colonel Austin. I enter on this
subject with hesitancy, with doubt as to the propriety of such a step
at this late day, more particularly as my statement is at variance
in some measure with what has been handed down in print as the
history of this period. What I know I learned orally from others
in conversations had on the vessel and at our dock and boat yard
not to or intended for me, but for a few on the trip, viz., Mr. Jen-
nings, Mr. Harrison, H. S. Holston, the two old bachelor brothers,
the Messrs. Lovelace, and Winm. Little, the most of whom were from
Sicily Island in Louisiana, not from Natchez. 1 had my berth in a
rather secluded part of the cabin, and could hear most of what wab
said; and, as I never appeared to notice or reply or question on this
or any other subject, my presence was totally disregarded. But I
doubt if there was a single adventurer except the Lovelaces that
was more alive to the success of the enterprise. Any and every
thing spoken in reference to it had a place in my mind, was put up
for future analysis, and was of all absorbing interest to me. It was
those conversations that gave me an insight into affairs; it was
through this medium that I made up my judgment that the Messrs.
Lovelace were personally and pecuniarily interested in the success
of the enterprise. The question put itself forward why these old
men should take such an interest in the success of such an expedi-
tion. The reason could be no other than a pecuniary one.
The old man, Edward (Governor, as we called him) Lovelace,
seemed to be the center or guiding spirit of the conclave. This
showed itself more prominently when we were landed at first on the
island, and more particularly on our unfortunate disembarcation
at the mouth of the Brazos-unfortunate, because of our not land-
ing also a portion of provisions. My mind was peculiarly exercised
on the subject. On the following morning as the prospecting party
was making preparations to get off in search of the land immi-
grants, I remarked, rather to Mr. Jacky Lovelace, that they had
better let the yawl make one more trip to the vessel for a larger sup-
11 Here follows an account of Mr. Lewis's adventure with a Mexican
tiger which he killed on the Brazos.
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