The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 10
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
or two detained on the boat to turn over my papers, money, and
accounts. He remarked that his time was limited, that as soon as
a suitable vessel could be got he should make the trip by way of
Natchitoches to join a party of some forty or fifty on their way
out to Texas, and that he hoped to meet the vessel when she should
I did not succeed at as early a day as I had contemplated in get-
ting things straightened out on the Natchez, but the second even-
ing after we got to New Orleans, seeing the announcement in the
papers of their arrival at Kelso & Richardson's Hotel, I went to
see them and told.them I would join them in the next twenty-four
or thirty-six hours. Colonel Austin brought out a rifle, Western
made, and said to be steel-barreled. It was made for one of the
Messrs. Hawkins, who had gone to Natchitoches to pilot some of the
immigrants to that place. I was asked if the rifle would fill the
bill, though the molds, wipers, etc., were missing. I answered that
I was gratified at so handsome a present, and added that I would
have no difficulty in supplying the missing implements for the
rifle. They said that they would start in a day or two to hunt out
a suitable craft for the expedition. I then said that I had almost
at my command a clever gentleman, a thoroughly educated sea-
man, whom I thought might be induced to go with them and assist
in the selection and who perhaps might be induced to make the
trip to Texas. I told them he was with Decatur and Perry on the
Lakes in 1812. I was requested to use my endeavors to bring him
with me, to see them.
Now I took that night with me to the Natchez my fine gift. My
next trip was to see Captain Butler, mate of the Natchez, and
acquaint him with my resolution of going to assist in forming a
colony in Texas. He said he had heard a good deal about this
thing since the boat had got in. I said to him that I wished him
to go if I went, and "Jimmy" also; that Colonel Austin and the
men with him were going in a day or two to hunt out a vessel and
that I had recommended him as a suitable person to assist them;
and, further, that I thought a door was opened to him to be first or
second in command if it should be agreeable to him. "I will," said
he, "go in the evening if you can spare time and see this Colonel
Austin." I was waiting on the consignees of the boat to report on
my balance sheet and urged the captain of the boat to call and see
if all was right. He replied that they had been to the boat and left
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900, periodical, 1900; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101015/m1/18/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.