The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 61
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 61
felipe. The Genl.'s coach was a remarkably curious construction-
after the fashion of the capital city-what that fashion is or was
can not be understood without a view of the indescribable machine
-suffice it to say that the long vista which discovers to the mind's
eye the gradual advancement of civilization arts and sciences
show'd me the unseemly vehicle standing in its proper place--a
splendid specimen of the ingenuity and cunning workmanship of
man when the last shades of the dark ages were vanishing from
before the dawning of the intellectual world. It was of a prodigious
size two or three feet wider than ours-constructed of huge pieces
of timber much carved inlaid and plated with silver-the hinder
wheels larger than those of CGin. : and those before little superior
to that of a wheel-barrow-but to our journey-we travel on wet
and cold as night approaches, roads very muddy, drop down in the
midst of the Grand Prairie spread our blankets and slumber the
night away-next evening reach Harrisburg after a complete soak-
ing from a heavy shower-next day pass on alone-have another
bayou to swim-reach the Point-vegetables and peas we had
planted, flourishing finely-had a long search thro' the cedar
groves after a small pocket book supposed to have been dropped
by me, and which for its etc etc was thought invaluable-find it not.
Next day Dr. Hunter accompanies me Swim again the Bayou, a
large Alligator floating near-a very invigorating circumstance-
travel on till we reach the bayou near the Brazos-here we have
to raft and swim again-push on a new track thro' the Brazos
bottom-darkness overtakes us-never was I in such a dismal
place-nothing but a small horse path-the large cane meeting
above our heads form one continual arch-the eyes kept mostly
closed and body bent forward to force a passage-reached the
river almost famished find it swollen to an unusual height and far
extending over the lowlands. by means of a canoe the ferryman
takes us to his little hut surrounded by water-gives us some
supper-in the morning enter Sanfelipe having rode 160 miles
About the middle of June the river has fallen and the bottom
becomes passable Ca ptn. Lindsay Dr Patrick and hirelings cross
over to collect our beeves-weather very hot and oppressive
--great difficulty in driving cattle thro' the bottoms-get
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