The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 55
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Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1888-1889 55
and Miss C. Plenty of figs, the first that I had ever seen fresh,
and melons. A most delightful situation, a fine garden on the
margin of a beautiful little lake.
Tuesday, July R4th. Rode twenty-five miles to Col. W. D.
Hall's, most of the way over a hot prairie; passed lake Jackson,
four or five miles long, but narrow, after crossing Oyster creek;
saw a tree loaded with fine looking grapes, villainously sour and
acrid, well called cut-throats. Stopped a while at Hon. Mr. Rus-
sell's, Senator from Brazoria, whose wife was a Heady, a family
I had known in Kentucky. Plenty of good grapes and figs here.
Received very kindly by Col. Hall and family, figs and peaches,
good shade and water. Met Col. W. H. Wharton and Col. Wm.
Austin and lady, pleasant acquaintances.
Wednesday, July 25th. Spent the day at Col. H.'s much talk
of politics, education, etc.
Thursday, July 26th. Set off at 8.30 for Houston, twenty-five
or thirty miles distant, prairie nearly all the way and hot. A
bowl of buttermilk after riding six miles, at Clear lake, then got
lost, fifteen miles without water, found it good at Dr. Rose's.
Dined at Bingham's, met Thornton today. Arrived in Houston
before sunset. Surely I may say "Mercy and goodness have fol-
lowed me all my days," and now I have seen some of the country
of Texas and it is beautiful.
Saturday, July 28th, 1838. Newspapers today. A welcome
arrival: W. P. Herald from Louisville, New Orleans Observer,
Alabama Journal. Observed the notices of the debates of several
acquaintances. What shadows we are.
Sabbath, July 29th. Attended Sabbath School, a good many
children, but few teachers, preached at 10:30 from Acts 9:4, at
8 p. m., on prophecy.
Monday, July 30th. Called to see General Sheldon, just be-
fore he expired. He was unable to converse. Had been very re-
luctant to admit the idea of dying, thought he was getting better
until near the last.
Tuesday, July 31st. Attended the funeral of General Sheldon,
funeral services at the grave. Wrote an article for the "Civilian,"
on the neglected state of the Houston Cemetery.
Sabbath, Aug. 5th. Preached twice in the Capitol, from Ro.
I:28 and Deut. 32:31.
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