The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 68
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
ing but a slow journeying thro' a deep dry frosty snow-tho'
widely differing in several respects-the excessive labour and
fatigue to our animals-and the suffocating heat-it was early in
Augt. we travelled along here - these Summer skies are un-
clouded-and the Sun's powerfully reflected heat was preserved
unchanged in temperature by the stinted growth of post oak, black
Jack and Hickory, that stands low bushy but thinly over this
great, scorching sand bank. I really think the burning wastes of
Africa would be but little more intolerable to the thirsty traveller,
were it not for the grassy verdure which I found to my astonish-
ment every where growing in luxurious bunches out of this seem-
ingly sterile unproductive portion of the earth-these bunches
spring up at distances of 1-2 and 4 ft so that when the eye is
placed near to the earth the whole country seems one compact sur-
face of the most beautiful green-we were nearly a whole day
getting thro' this fluid earth, admitting the term, for the sake of
expression. It was in this dreary region I feared we should have
to bury Captn. Lindsay-and such were the Dr.'s apprehensions
would be his own fate-here also and every additional day seemed
to prove to me that my own constitution had undergone a radical
revolution-for notwithstanding my weakness at Gonzales and
labours daily and nightly--my copious perspirations, I seemed
daily and almost hourly to strengthen and even to fatten-these
causes tho' much more lightly operative ever produced contrary
effects in the summer seasons in the more northern latitudes where
I resided-upon the whole, as a result-I really feel myself al-
ready acclimated tho' not yet wedded to Texas
We lie two days at the Seawully1-this Stream has but little
water in the Summer or dry seasons its valley extends to a con-
siderable distance on each side-is rich in soil and no doubt a
healthy country-it is entirely unsettled My patients experience
a change greatly for the better-I take the Dr. into the river, in
the height of his fever and give him a complete bathing-Start
on again-meet some of the drivers of our cattle from St. An-
tonio-inform us of Mr. Gregg's extremely low state and that on
the banks of the Seawully they expected to dig his grave-from
this stream on about 10 miles we pass over a lovely country abound-
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