The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 79
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J. 0. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 79
Colony round the Mexican coast. We journey on through the rain
and are two days in travelling to Mr. Brown Austin's'-a distance
that in dry weather when the waters are low may be rode in 4
hours. Monday morning 15th Decr. take an early breakfast and
start for Mr. Little's about 30 miles over a very flat sandy prairie
country-travel all day thro' bogs quicksands and water-have to
lie down on the wet prairie till morning am fatigued and wet to
the neck with walking and wading my poney having given out-
we suffer from the cold N. W. Decr. blasts, not having materials
to keep up a fire-travel on next day striving to head the almost
innumerable ravines and creeks which were overflowing their banks
and a large portion of the fiat country find it impossible to
make our point that day-conclude to steer another direction and
if possible reach Mr. Huff's on the St. Bernard by night-get into
almost impassible bogs-horses can not carry us through---dis-
mount ana wade through mire and water for miles-father nearly
exhausted and myself but little stronger not having had a mouth-
ful to eat since sun rise the day before-get within a mile of
Huff's by night-find it impossible to cross Snake CGIk it being
nearly a quarter of a mile in breadth-deep-full of growing tim-
ber vines and floating logs-turn out our horses, strike a fire and
camp for the night-toward day comment I, aining-make a toler-
able shelter from it. In the morning z hmpt to swim my horse
through-fail and return and make a rait of logs with which I
succeed after an hour of excessive toil in effecting a passage over-
have a mile further to walk thro' high grass and heavy rain before
reaching the house. Make a voracious meal of corn bread coffee
milk and fat bacon having fasted fifty odd hours under constant
bodily exertion exposed to wet and cold-got a suffiency for father
and started off again thro' the rain taking a different rout as
directed making the distance a mile greater-reach the camp abt.
12 o'clock-find father busy in restoring his fire which the rains
had nearly extinguished despite of his efforts-his endurance of
personal fatigue and exposure was matter of astonishment to me-
he also makes a pretty hearty break-fast-we saddle up once more
and reach Mr. Huff's-where next day a traveller arrives bearing
'A brother of Stephen F. Austin.
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