The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 48
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48 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
the sun unclouded rises and a bland breeze from the west promises
us a delightful entrance into the "vasty deep"-ascend the mast
head-the ocean is seen on both sides the river-the land appear-
ing as two great artificial banks or levees thrown up as barriers
against the "meeting of the waters"-reach the Balize-river of
great breadth-the eye is lost in its survey of extensive alluvial
flats and watery surfaces-enter the S. West pass-most of the
morning at the mast head charmed with the boundless and novel
prospect-anxious for the moment when we should launch upon
the broad bosom of the sea-met by a pilot boat are conducted
through the nine feet pass at 12 o'clock, delightfully wafted away
on the gently undulating billows of the ocean amidst the smiles
of the elements and sportive exhibitions of innumerable porpoises.
The Mississippi waters distinguishable for fifteen or twenty miles
at sea. Mr. Gregg is very sick 'ere the land is out of view. Water
has now a beautiful sea-green hue. Monday evening--out of
soundings-the sea is now of the deepest indigo-the swells in-
crease and billows roll confusedly as tho' there was an angry com-
motion at their unfathomable depths-the evening is yet without
a moon and the stars twinkle and beam a soft and lovely lustre-
a lively southern breeze springs up-our little bark glides
swiftly o'er the waves-leaving apparently a fiery stream behind-
this was to us a beautiful phenomenon-the vessel seemed to have
stirred up myriads of animalcula that glowed in her wake as so
many "sparks from smitten steel or nitrous grain the blaze"-the
sea at this distance from shore is of the liveliest and deepest
cerulean hue. Christmas day very heavy rain in the morning for
several hours-exposed to it all. Mr. Gregg and W. sick and
vomiting as for a wager. Sea pretty heavy-undulatory motion
of the vessel very quick and sickening Father commences a course
of severe vomitings-a large brig heaves in sight all sail set and
coming fast upon us-begin to talk of powder lead guns and
pirates. Brig nears us-hoists signal for us to come to-do so-find
that she was a fine brig sixteen days from N. York bound to some
point on Vermilion Bay with materials for the establishment of
a Light-House. Captn apologises for our detention and sails off-
clouds are dispersed and sun again appears-sea still running
high-feel somewhat unpleasant myself as did the whole Compy-
but none so bad as to vomit saving those above mentioned-have
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