The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 17
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
was not seaworthy, but he would be glad if our captain would go on
board their vessel. Lieutenant Butler went along side and found
that, as the captain said, she was privateering against the Mexicans.
Butler reported us to be a United States cutter on the lookout for
pirates. So things remained until morning, but when day peeped
in from the east nothing could be seen of our pirate.
Further down the island, however, we found a large brig or sloop
which had been scuttled, her stern in six or seven feet of water, the
bow quite out at low tide. We dropped down close to her as it was
bluff beach and plenty of water for us. On going ashore we found
a comfortable large tent made from the sails of the brig, with
several persons therein, and two or three yawls in the water. No
doubt they were some to be taken on the felucca which we had
scared away. Here we found the partner of the captain, whose
name was Roach. This man on shore was named Seymour. With
them was a woman, who was said to be, and no doubt was, the wife
of Colonel or General Long, and who had made her way to the
father-in-law of this buccaneer. Captain or Lieutenant Seymour
said she had been induced to come to the island in order to get to
New Orleans. She was of a highly respectable family of Natchez.
I heard of her arrival the following summer or fall.
As soon as these facts were made known to the authorities in
New Orleans, one of the United States cutters was on the alert for
the pirate and overtook her in the course of the spring or summer
of '22. I was in New Orleans when the captain was put on trial
as a pirate, but he was released for want of evidence. He claimed
to be privateering against the Mexican government.
The brig had as part of her goods and freight, which was lying
in a promiscuous and confused pile, a large quantity of crab or
boiled cider, some twenty or thirty large hewn Campeachy mahog-
any timbers, twenty inches or two feet square and ten or twelve
feet long, a large quantity of Castile soap in square four inch pieces
ten, twelve, and fifteen inches long, and perhaps some other articles
not now recollected.
Our next move was two or three days later. The old Governor
concluded to go across the bay to see what lay immediately to the
west and north of it. I jumped at the prospect of being one of the
party, but was met by Little and the Governor, when they saw me
busied in fixing my gun and hunting accoutrements, with the re-
mark that I couldn't go for want of room. I replied that I expected
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