The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 186
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of the very men who had under order set fire to the house he was
I found one of the Mexicans quite handy with cattle and we
broke in with the help of a yoke of gentle oxen enough others
to haul our hewn logs to the place. We found it a more difficult
matter to get our saw logs into the water, but finally managed
it, and got enough to make a raft, which by the help of two of
the mexicans who became expert oarsmen, we towed to the saw
mill at Lynchburg, and had them sawed up into flooring and
boards and rafted the lumber back. We built our house on large
oak blocks several feet from the ground, making "4 pens and a
passage," until we got it to the proper height for the first story,
when we cut our logs the full length 56 and 36 feet, determined
to have one room the full size of the house. The roof consisted
of peeled pine poles hewed on one side, with split laths on which
we laid split boards 3 feet long. Of course it took us a long
time to do all this work with the facilities we had at hand, and
it was not in a condition to be occupied until the winter. We
also built a kitchen of logs about 18 by 20 with a loft, in which
we lived for some time before our big house was ready to oc-
cupy. This had a large fire place in one end and a chimney of
sticks plastered with clay.
In attending to having my lumber sawed at Lynchburg I made
the acquaintance of a very pleasant family consisting of Col.
McComb, whose father was Gen. McComb of the U. S. Army.
He had a daughter about my age who, tho' not handsome, was
very bright and intelligent and cultivated, sang and played well
and learned and played for me a piece of music which I found
on the battle ground of San Jacinto. She would some times go
up home with me in my skiff rowed by the two Mexicans and
they would make the skiff hum, sometimes making the distance
in 3 or 4 hours.
As I kept no notes after this what I write of my life in Texas
will be from memory and written long after the occurrence, and
I will mention some things which I have not spoken of in my
My father after being engaged in business in St Louis and at
what is now Montgomery met Col. Austin in New Orleans, who
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