The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 382
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
After a brief stop at Galveston he embarked on a small schooner
for Houston, then the temporary capital of the republic, at the
junction of Buffalo and White Oak bayous. Among the other
passengers was Colonel Juan N. Seguin, of San Antonio, who had
commanded a company of Mexican patriots at the battle of San
Jacinto, and who in after years was compelled to retire to Mexico
in consequence of the ill treatment to which he was subjected at
the hands of the lawless element in Western Texas. The trip from
Galveston to Houston occupied nearly a week in consequence of
the vessel grounding on Red Fish and Clopper's bars, and the im-
pediments placed in the way in the bayou by the overhanging
branches of trees and the number of "snags" and sunken logs in
Champagne and Ice
Reaching Houston, the capital of the republic was found to be
a collection of a few houses and a number of huts and tents, and
in rainy weather a sea of mud. In 1892 Walter B. Stevens, the
a staff correspondent of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, called on
Mr. Stuart at his home in Galveston and received from him the
following account of his arrival at Houston and his first meeting
with the hero of San Jacinto :a
Young and hopeful, he arrived in Texas simultaneously with
an event which aroused the liveliest emotion at the capital. The
event was the reception of a hogshead of ice, which had been
brought by ship from New Orleans. The ice had been opened.
It was probably the first that had come to. the Texas capital, and
when Mr. Stuart presented his letter of introduction to Sam Hous-
ton, the president of the republic, the latter was in the act of
sampling the ice with the aid of a glass of champagne. The
moment was rather a critical one for the newcomer. He was
somewhat acquainted by hearsay with the rough and ready repu-
tation of the Texans. There were reasons why he desired to make
a good impression upon General Houston, for he had come to make
his home and to seek his fortune in Texas. As he expected, Gen-
eral Houston invited him to drink. And, as he had determined
to do beforehand, he declined. This was an extraordinary thing
*This interview contains other episodes equally interesting; it was pub-
lished in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat August 31, 1892, and was re-
printed by The Galveston News, November 17, 1894.-THE EDITORS.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918, periodical, 1918; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/m1/388/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.