The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 27
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith.
ches which created some little stir in Texas, and give rise to the
rumor, in New Orleans and elsewhere, of civil war raging in
Texas, which however was soon quieted and corrected. At that
time there was but little commerce between New Orleans and
Texas, the coast was but little known and it was with much diffi-
culty I could procure a vessel to make the trip, but finally suc-
ceded in procuring a good schooner, commanded by a worthy and
experienced seaman, had a favorable passage, found and entered
the mouth of the River Brazos without difficulty and ran up and
landed at the place where the Town of Marion1 is now situated on
the 8th day of March  27 making just four months from the
time I embarked on the Missouri River until I landed in Texas.
The arrival of vessels in those days were so seldom that the news
immediately spread over the country and the people collected for
many miles around to hear the news, see and be seen, and procure
such necessaries as might be within their power. This was the
case on our arrival, but there were then, comparatively speaking,
but few people in the country and them scattered over a large ter-
ritory. As I had just arrived in a new and wild country it is
natural to suppose I would spare neither pains nor opportunity in
making inquiries respecting the health and different localities of
the country. The first T'exian citizen, with whom I became ac-
quainted, was a Captain -- his dress was the full, and fash-
ionable, uniform of the country--leather cap a pie-which was by
no means uncomly for it seemed to combine in an eminent degree
the grand prerequisites of elasticity, pliancy and duribility. I
very soon found the Captains disposition to be that of an open
frank and friendly backwoodsman-to speak freely and frankly
what he thought, and think what he pleased. I immediately com-
menced my enquiries with the Captain, during which time how-
ever, the bottle had been circulating freely, without producing any
deleterious effects, but on the contrary to brighten ideas, give scope
to the imagination and untrammel the organs of articulation and
emphasis. His replies to my enquiries were truly laconick, and
verbatim as follows. Well Captain, you have been in the country
some time and from what you have seen of it, and from your
xMarion, or Bell's Landing, was situated on the Brazos river, two miles
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