The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 44
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tol to large and respectful audiences. There had been no preach-
ing for a long time.
Monday, April 2nd. Met the Misses Humphries, old Kentucky
acquaintances. Removed my quarters to, Woodruff's near the old
graveyard. Mr. W. is a Baptist brother, and I boarded with him
for some time, he charging me only half price. Several members
of Congress were fellow boarders: General Burleson of the num-
ber and W. Fairfax Gray, Clerk of the Senate.
.Sabbath, April 8th. Preached twice in the Capitol to good
congregations. About 1 p. m., much noise, firing of cannon and
parade, on the occasion of the arrival of General Houston, Presi-
dent of' the Republic.
Monday, April 9th. Solemnized a marriage of Col. E. A.
Rhoades of New Orleans, and Mrs. Mary W. Driggs, of this City.
Only two gentlemen present as witnesses. My first marriage cere-
mony in Texas. Members of Congress arriving, introduced to
several of them.
Tuesday, April 10th. Introduced to President Houston; found
him very courteous. A princely looking man. The Presidential
Mansion a very unpretentious cottage. Took tea with Mr. San-
derson and family.
Wednesday, April 11th. Invited to officiate temporarily as
Chaplain of the Senate, Lamar presiding. Offered prayer at the
to men and events as to make his experiences and observations interesting
to every student of the history of Texas whether of the State or of the
Extracts from his Diary, which are here reprinted, appeared in various
issues of the Texas Presbyterian from March, 1880, to December, 1883.
The extracts cover two brief periods-March 28 to December 2, 1838, and
October 1 to October 14, 1839. It seems that Mr. Allen furnished the
editor extracts from his Diary, now and then making comments at the
time they were furnished for publication. Search has been made in vain
to locate the original manuscript, and it is, therefore, not known whether
the following pages contain all of his Diary. Before the publication of
the Diary, Mr. Allen had been contributing reminiscences to the Texas
Presbyterian, and these reminiscences, continuing from December 4, 1876,
until January 2, 1885, will appear in future issues of THE QUARTERLY.
At the time that these contributions were running, the Texas Presbyterian
was edited in Texas, but issued from St. Louis. Only two files of the
paper are known to be in existence, both in the library of Austin College
The entries of the Diary from March 28 to December 2, 1838, are printed
in the Presbyterian of March 19, April 16 and 30, May 7, August 6 and
20, September 3, October 8 and 29, and December 31, 1880; March 4 and
December 23, 1881; and March 31, 1882. The entries from October 1 to
14, 1839, are in the issues for January 26, June 29, and December 14, 1883.
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