The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 5
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants. 5
the two maps. Monday evening he wrote to Mr. Patterson that the
survey had been made, and that if they were not sent for before the
last of the week, they would be sent to Mr. Patterson's store.
Thursday, I went to town and took them with me. I accidentally
met Mr. Cates hiding out. I halted him and pulled out my maps.
They were hardly colored and delineated. He was quite pleased
and expressed regret that he was not in town. He asked me what
was my charge. I told him I was ordered to make no charge. He
then asked me where the young man was that did the work. I told
him what had occurred. Then with a little surprise he asked me
who helped me. I told him that my father had helped me make
the maps, and that I had done all the rest. He then asked me when
I would be at home. He said he knew where our residence was, that
it was "near the Sulphur spring meeting house." I now took the
stage here and went home, it being only half the distance back to
I, of course, went rifle in hand to the woods, both Friday and
Saturday. Finding the last day a gang of turkeys, I got one and
made my way back home. When I reached the yard gate, my little
sister came running to me and said I could not guess what had come
for me from town. I found in the house a handsome cherry box
of some thirty inches long, fourteen or fifteen inches wide, and six
or eight deep, with a key tied on one of the handles. Upon exami-
nation I found a letter containing a $50 note on the Bank of Ken-
tucky, and a beautiful new Moorehouse surveying compass, with all
the necessary appurtenances and instruments for drawing and plot-
ting. I have been thus more specific in detail than might have been
necessary in the foregoing episode. The essence of the whole mat-
ter lies in the manner, mode and time of my becoming owner of
this surveyor's compass and instruments, which were the means of
my shipping on the "Lively" and of my adventures in Texas, as
the sequel will show.
When I left my Kentucky home, I went in search of a brother
living somewhere in the "Notchy Country" as all that country lying
south of the Tennessee was at that time called. I engaged as a hand
on a flat boat to go to New Orleans with a Captain McDonald and
his partner, a Mr. Crumbaugh. I had an old Dutch iron-bound
trunk, which was sufficiently capacious for what effects I owned in
the way of clothing. I placed my box of instruments also in it. In
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