The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 49
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Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1888-1889
Cherokee half-breed, who died in the city after a short illness, a
large man, said to have been quite intelligent.
Saturday, May 26th. This day about thirty Comanche Indians
came into town, a delegation from their tribe to make a treaty
with Texas. There were men and squaws and young children;
all rode astride; generally very dirty and ill-looking. They
paraded in some state before the President's mansion.
Sabbath, May 27th. Preached three times in the Capitol.
May 28th. Visited the camp of the Comanches near the city;
saw the pipe of peace smoked by a Comanche and Cushatta Chief;
the pipe was smoked, the ashes deposited with due ceremony, and
ribs of roast beef brought on and passed around, the members of
the Council each cutting off a bite. In the mean time two fat
squaws were occupied looking at each other's heads and-bah!
Wednesday, May 30th. Took passage on the S. B. Friend for
Galveston, where I had landed more than two months previous.
A pleasant company; tremendous rains soon after leaving Hous-
ton; no special incident on the way down.
Thursday, May 31st. Arrived at Galveston about 9 a. m.;
received with much courtesy by the Commandants of the Navy and
the Navy Yard; entertained by them and invited to preach in a
room connected with the Navy Yard; sea breeze delightful also
the bathing in the Gulf.
Friday, June 1st, 1888. Read part of the life of John Newton.
Sabbath, June 3rd. Preached at the Navy Yard, 10:30 a. m.;
said to have been the second Protestant sermon ever preached on
the Island. At 5 p. m. preached on the old war brig Potomac,
and at 8 p. m. at the Navy Yard-a good congregation in the
morning. Considerable interest manifested by some to have
regular preaching. Nearly devoured by mosquitoes at night.
Tuesday, June 5th. Returned to Houston at 7 a. m. in the
Friend. A letter from my brother; a welcome message from dear
ones at home.
Sabbath, June 10th. Preached twice this day; much liberty at
evening service, spoke from Job 21:15; a falling off in the size
of the congregation as the weather gets warmer.
Prospects of the Sabbath School encouraging this morning.
At 8 p. m. performed a marriage ceremony for John T. Randall
and Sarah Davenport, at the house of Mr. Sanderson, only two
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914, periodical, 1914; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/m1/53/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.