The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 57
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Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1888-1839
way to Gail Borden's where I had received so much kindness while
I was sick.
Monday, 10th Sept. On the steamer Columbia. Came near be-
ing left on account of the fog. There was no wharf then at Gal-
veston. Arrived at New Orleans, on Wednesday 12th, without
Saturday, Sept. 15th. Took passage in the steamer Pawnee, for
Natchez, at 11 p. m.
Monday night, Sept. 17th. Toiled up the long dark muddy hill,
to the City Hotel, with my Texas companion, Mr. Ayres.
Tuesday, Sept. 18th. Met a kind welcome to the house of Mr.
Thomas Henderson. Met this day with the Presbytery of Mis-
sissippi. Here were brethren Winchester, pastor of Natchez
Church, and Chamberlain, President of Oakland College, who
had been the first President of Centre College, Ky., and Z. Butler
of Port Gibson, and Chase, and I. J. Henderson, whom I had left
in Prinecton in 1836. Preached for Bro. Winchester, Wednesday
night, and on Sabbath for Bro. I. J. Henderson at Kingston, near
the grave of Dr. T. Dwight's father. After a pleasant week at
Natchez, returned to New Orleans, and thence to Montgomery
Alabama, where I spent a Sabbath, then the next Sabbath at a
campmeeting in Coosa, above Witumpka, where I met with Bros.
Holman and Caldwell, Kentuckians and Centre College students,
and McCormick, a North Carolinian. It was a good campmeet-
Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 1838. Wound up my affairs in Mont-
gomery, packed my books and traps and shipped them for Mobile,
and set off with Gulick, for Presbytery, at Valley Creek Church,
near Selma; arrived on Friday at 12 m. Found Bro. Nall preach-
ing, an old Centre College fellow student. It was a campmeeting
Presbytery. On Sabbath, on Oct. 21st, 1838, Junius B. King
and I were ordained to the work of the ministry. King was then
installed as pastor of the Valley Creek Church. I was ordained,
as an Evangelist, to go to the "regions beyond," viz., to the Re-
public of Texas. Brother Mater preached the ordination sermon.
Bro. Nall propounded the question and led in the ordination
prayer The occasion was to me especially solemn. . . .
October 22nd, 1838. What shadows we are! I returned to
Texas by way of New Orleans, thence, in company with John Mc-
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