The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 15
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
all had left the cabin, I began to look out for myself, for I had
no idea of being cooped up in the hold of the vessel. So I put
my grievance to Butler. He pointed to a place under the com-
panionway, which was filled with buckets, paint, oil, and debris
of all kinds. I measured it and found it would receive a small
double mattress and asked him to have it cleaned out. Then I
went and purchased a mattress, a pair of large four point Macki-
naw blankets, and two moss pillows, and prepared a superb bunk
for two. The old Captain came in the evening and called to
Butler. Both came down the companionway into the cabin. The
Captain had observed the new sleeping place, and had been count-
ing noses and had found that two whom he expected to go in
the cabin had no bunks. I was lying down on our new bed, when
he said, "There are not bunks for all to go into the cabin unless
that new one is given up." I replied in a pretty sharp tone, "Not
without a scuffle." "Why, who in the d-1 are you ?" "I am owner
and proprietor of this bunk, and if I know myself it will be given
to no one without my consent. As to who I am, Captain Cannon,
Mr. Rinker or Mr. Little will satisfy you." In the course of the
next day, the day we sailed, I sought an opportunity to say to Mr.
Harrison and Captain Jennings that Lieutenant Butler and I could
and would spare them our bunk twelve hours out of the twenty-
Here ended my intercourse with the descendant and representa-
tive of "Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower," captain of the
"Lively." His being in command was an unfortunate thing for us
and the colony. How often, how very often, my mind has reverted
to the incident of placing this Yankee miscreant in charge of the
expedition. No one can calculate the beneficial results that the suc-
cess of the expedition would have had in the incipiency of the
almost strangled colony. The thousand and one false and injurious
reports had their foundation in this mistake. It was said we were
all lost in attempting to pass the bar at the mouth of the Brazos.
Another story was that we had been murdered by the Indians.
Now, only for reflection's sake, suppose we had taken the vessel
inside and gone some twenty or thirty miles up to one of those large
cane brakes, with all necessary implements and provisions and with
no fences to build, had cut down four or five hundred acres of the
undergrowth and cane in January, had burned it off in March and
planted it in corn and vegetables. Had we done this, enough bread
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