The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 45
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 45
boat broke her shaft-the border and island scenery of the different
rivers and streams generally undiversified, occasionally picturesque
and beautifull. At the last named place were taken in tow by the
La Fayette with a keel lashed to her opposite side--presenting
such a wide front to the waters our progress was very slow afford-
ing sufficient time for the eye to delight itself with the prospective
loveliness of the border country which increases in interest as we
approached the great Southern depot-reached the City on the
Purchased a large flat as a depository for our freight and board-
ing house-father's residence at the Western Hotel-first night's
supper oysters and oyster soup. A vast number of shipping in
port-say three hundred sail, from most of the principal com-
mercial countries. City stands on a flat plane secured from in-
undation by the river by a levee of sand and shells extending many
miles up, and down the river continually kept in repair within the
corporation by hirelings slaves and criminals-streets unseemly
and inconveniently narrow tho' mostly laid off at right angles-
there are several streets of handsome breadth ornamented with
trees and some fine brick buildings-tho' the greater part of the
City is constituted of frame and these mostly very low houses
about one and a half story. 'The public square fronting the river'
with the Cathedral at its rear presents a very beautiful view ren-
dered more picturesque as the building externally has much the
stamp of antiquity awakening the eye of the mind to rest upon
the time-stricken ruins of a castle of romance There are many
handsome public buildings such as the new theatre, exchange the
several banks etc. Population variant according to. the periodical
seasons when health or sickness most prevails-supposed in all
migratory and stationary "from snowy white to sooty" to be be-
tween 40 and fifty thousand souls at this time, composed apparenHy
of all tongues and kindred and people. The French language still
prevails tho' the Americans (as in contradistinction those citizens
who speak the English tongue are termed) are fast gaining the
ascendency in manners customs style and the general character
of a city or people.
New Orleans has a small artificial basin on the west side con-
nected with Lake Pontchertrain by a canal which will admit
coasting vessels freighting one hundred tons. The Sabbath is 'dis-
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