The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 9
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
conversation through the window, I had no thought of going. I
remarked that I had no trade except my pen, and the knowledge of
figures, and that an unsettled and almost uncivilized country offered
but little opportunity to make a living to one in my condition.
He was sitting near my desk, on which lay open my freight book.
He got up and asked me if that was my writing. I nodded my
assent, and he again took his seat and remarked that he stood in
need of my services in his anticipated office, that he would have a
great deal to do with pen, ink, figures, and paper. "If you are
willing to trust me," said he, "you can depend on my liberality.
I have seen enough today to trust you to do what you promise. I
shall exact nothing that will ever make you regret the step you may
take in going with me. You may expect to occupy a place as one
of my family." I then enquired his program. He said, I am on
my way to the city to procure a small vessel with an outfit to trans-
port some twenty or twenty-five passengers, together with utensils
and provisions and to make a second and if necessary a third and
fourth trip for the Colonists. I remarked that I would give him an
answer tomorrow, or at least before we should reach the city. I
should have to make some arrangements if I went, that I was
doubtful if I could consummate. I told him that, outside of them,
I thought I had made up my mind to go with him.
The following day in the evening, I found him on the forecastle
of the boat. He asked me if I had thought of his proposition. I
replied I had, but the difficulty alluded to yesterday was still an
impediment. "Well," said he, "perhaps I may help to remove it."
I told him plainly, that I, like almost all young clerks, generally
lived up to my pay, that I was then in no condition to purchase an
outfit. "What kind of outfit," asked he, "do you allude to ?" I
answered, "a suit or two of such material as would suit the occa-
sion." "And what else ?" said he, "or how much cash will be suffi-
cient ?" I reflected a moment or two and replied that outside of a
good rifle and fixtures with what I had, I could get along with $40
or $50. He asked if this was the impediment. I told him it was a
big one to me just then. He said that all that should be arranged.
Then he continued, "You speak of a good rifle; are you a good
shot? One would not take you for a marksman." I replied that
I was a Kentuckian, and was almost born with a rifle in hand.
He then requested that I should hunt him up in the city and fur-
ther complete our understanding. I replied that I might be a day
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