The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 47
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Reminiscences of Judge Edwin Waller.
ground on a hand mill, and water 'from ,the spring"; exposed to fre-
quent inroads -and raids, by the hostile Indians; and acting as sur-
,veyor, treasurer, secretary, director and president combined, he was
certainly surrounded by an array of difficulties ,almost as hard to
overcome as "an army with banners." In the face of these obstacles,,
the work was begun in IMay and finished in November of the same
year, and in such manner asi to elicit the commendations above
referred to. Among other incidents -of the season, a party ,of
Indians came in one night to where some .of the men were camped
near a creek named from Ju'dge Waller, and yet called Waller's
creek, and carried off as trophies a brace of scalps of the workmen.
The public buildings .erected at this time were all -of plank -and'
logs and made -of native timber, and in consequence presented no
,very classically artistic appearance, but were serviceable and com-
fortable. The city was 'duly laid off, and, when mapped out, one-
fourth of the lots in the plan were sold by Judge Waller for $300,-
000, which was quite a nng amount oif public funds to' be handled
by an officer under bond for only $100,000.
The erection of public as well as. private buildings rapidly pro-
gressed, and on the seventeenth day of October, 1839, President
Lamar, with a portion ,of his, cabinet, arrived in Austin. This was
a day of great rejoicing 'among the citizens. 'The president was met
a few miles from the city by a large procession, headed by General
A. Sidney Johnston (who was then Secretary of War, but who had
preceded the president), ,and General Edward Burleson. Judge
Waller had been selected by the citizens to receive the president;
and as it is believed that his address will be read with interest, it
is inserted as follows:
"Having been called upon by my fellow citizens to, welcome your
,excellency on your 'arrival at the permanent seat of government for
the republic, I should 'have declined 'doing so -on account of con-
acious inability, wholly unused as I am to public speaking, had I not
felt that holding the situation here that I do, it was my duty to obey
the call. With pleasure, I introduce to you the citizens. of Austin,
and at their request give you cordial welcome to a place which owes
its existence as a city to the policy of your administration.
"Under your appointment, and in accordance with your direction,
I .came here in the month of May last for the purpose -of preparing
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