The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 57
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 57
begin to foam angrily around us and once pitched over the bow
of our frail little bark. I had command of helm and sail Captn.
sitting in the bow-breeze driving us along so, as to create some
apprehensions lose my steering oar-fortunately find another in
the boat-night overtakes us-the breeze still brisk and lively-
see some swan and a flamingo-the most beautiful of birds that
float on water-deer also on the little islands that beautify the
lovely San Jacinto-driving on at the rate of six knots-we sev-
eral times narrowly escape shipwreck upon snags and sawyers
reach Mr. Lynch's a little after his supper having sailed 10 miles-
they are very kind Mrs. Lynch is quite a respectable and amiable
woman-she and her husband came to this country in the same
vessel with my unfortunate and lamented brother Nicholas. She
spoke of him in the most flattering terms-departed Spirit of an
exalted mould I felt it was but a tribute due to thy excellent
worth !-next morning before 'tis light we sail-the wind soon
falls-and we have to ascend Buffalo bayou by force of paddles-
breakfast four miles above at Captn. Hiram's and reach Harris-
burg at mid-noon-all well.
Find that Father and Edwd. had started some days previous
with a load of goods for Sanfelipe. The Doctr. Captn. myself
and cook Frank start with another waggon load for same place
about the last of April-which we reach the evening of secd day-
distance fifty odd miles-we passed over very little land of pro-
ductive fertility most of the country being prairie we cross the
grand prairie-this prairie abounds with deer and Mustangs or
wild horses-it is beautiful to behold their lofty gambols and wild
manoeuvres unconstrained and unshackled by the thraldom of
Man. The grand prairie is here about 20 miles across its length
is said to be from 80 to, 100 without a tree and scarce a shrub
to, obstruct the view-it is all clothed with grass from one to
two feet in height the eye in its wanderings is lost for a resting
place and returns to the mind nought but the resemblance of a
boundless ocean-its billows, the pliant bendings of successive
awards before the unbroken blasts-its canopy the same cloudless
azure of the skies or dark pavilion of the threatening storm. After
passing through pine island, a small cluster of that species of
timber the first we reach for a distance of 15 miles and the only
watering place for the same distance we journey three miles be-
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