The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 138
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We laid Over One day in Philadelphia[.] It was Sunday and
a bright lovely day and every body was out to enjoy it. The popu-
lation seemed chiefly females[.] In N Y-the streets were crowded
mainly with men-here the Women had the right of way and ap-
peared to the greatest advantage. I thought I had never seen so
many pretty women in my life. We had some fair specimens in
Sacramento-but nothing in my imagination could equal the beauty
of these Quaker girls-and while feasting upon their pretty faces
my mind ran back to my friend the village blacksmith at French
Camp, who entreated me to come with him to his home in Penna
promising me the greatest honors and most delightful pleasures
that society, friends and lovely girls could give. I have Often
wondered if the half he told me could be true-but as I cannot
vouch for him I will not quote him....
My stay in Ky this time was brief, and yet longer than any sub-
sequent visit being as I remember about two months....
The Stedman paper mill was in full blast at that time-quite a
village had grown up around the Mill....
And so after spending a pleasant visit of a few months at the old
home-I again said Good Bye to the loved ones-and turned my
steps for Texas-going by way of North Carolina to visit my sick
Sister-Mrs Morgan who with her husband were sojourning in
that state. The weather was intensely cold, deep snow on the
ground-and the rivers frozen Over--but the iron horse ploughed
its way along, crossed the Mountains to Washington city, thence to
Baltimore-where leaving the cars I took passage on a Steamer,
down the Chesapeek to Norfolk-crossed over to Portsmouth and
thence by rail again to the little town of Murfreesborough N. C.,
I found my sister Convalescing, but I remained with her two
weeks-and then resumed my journey southward, passing through
Atlanta Montgomery & Mobile to N. 0. and thence by Steamer to
Galveston [.] Once again on Texas soil, the very fact possessed me
with a homelike feeling-here were the scenes of much of my Mid-
shipman experience and the ties which severed me from loved Ones
at Harrisburg in April 1849 were here reunited in the family of
Genl Sherman-who had moved to Galveston and at this time was
Keeping the Island city Hotel.
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