The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 215
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Reminiscences of iMrs. Dilue Harris.
planters. He did not get home till the first of November. Mother,
after burying two of her children, went to her father in the coun-
try. He lived in the Grains settlement near Mr. Dent, the father
of Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. I played with her all one Sunday. I
heard in the year 1850 that she was married to a Lieutenant Grant.
Father returned to Mississippi on the first steamboat by the tenth
of the month, spent the winter there, and then came to Texas.
Bray's Bayou, 1888.
(Written from memory in the year 1899.)
We enjoyed our new home very much, for we could attend
church, a blessing we had been deprived of since the year 1833.
Houston had improved considerably for a town not two years old.
A steamboat had arrived. The captain's name was Grayson.
Everybody was highly elated, as the farmers were going to plant
cotton. The planters from Mississippi with their slaves were locat-
ing on the Brazos. A Mr. Jonathan Waters was going to build a
cotton gin on the Brazos.
The 22nd of February, 1838, was the first time I met General
Houston, the hero of San Jacinto. It was at a ball-my first ball
in Houston. Sam Houston, then in his second year as president,
Mosely Baker and wife, A. C. Allen and wife, a Mr. Coffee and
wife, he a member of congress from Red River County, Dr. Gazley
and wife, three Misses Stockbridge and others too numerous to
mention were present.
I attended school during the summer. At this time there was
no church building in Houston, nor any preacher stationed there.
The first sermon I heard preached in Houston was delivered by a
Presbyterian minister by the name of Sullivan. He preached in
the Hall of Representatives in the old Capitol. There had been
built a court house and jail, both of them of logs. Two men were
in jail to be hanged for murder. The influx of men from the
United States was not without its evils. There had been three
terms of court held in Houston, but these men, Jones and Quick,
were the first to be sentenced to capital punishment. With other
evils, a great many gamblers had been put out of the State of Mis-
sissippi and, as it was believed that a large amount of money had
been captured from the Mexicans at San Jacinto, Houston was
considered the El Dorado of the West. There had been several
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