The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 64
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that we could not succeed, so before the year was out I prevailed
on my uncle to let me sell out, which I did and I then went to
Medina, where I engaged as book-keeper with Mr. Grant, and while
there began to get tidings of the troubles in Texas and about the
same time came a request from my G. uncle Dr. Lee for me to
Come and Settle up the business of Kendig who had failed, as I
knew he would do. I had fully made up my mind to go to Texas
and had so told Mr. and Mrs. Grant who tried hard to dissuade
me. Mr. Grant made me very advantageous offers and Mrs. G.
held out great inducements in the shape of intervention with two
very pretty young girls, one her cousin and one her daughter, both
very wealthy, but I had determined for Texas and took my leave
and went to Penn Yan and sold off the goods to the best advan-
tage and while doing this attended the wedding of Charles Lee
who married Miss Hall. I there met Miss Hall's sisters one of
whom married Leonard Jerome of N. Y. While waiting for some
action in the settlement of the K. business I accepted a temporary
situation in the Supreme Court Clerk's office in Geneva where I
remained until I got ready to start for Texas. I was under John
A. Coffin who made me a very liberal offer to continue with him,
but I had become very impatient at the delay and determined to
get away as soon as possible. It was already February and I went
to the old homestead and arranged with a Cousin Charles Cham-
berlain to take me as far as he dared Venture in a sleigh. We
started about the first of March, the snow was deep, in some places
as high as the tops of the fences. I kept a partial journal of my
journey and will extract from it.
"Tuesday March 5. . Started in the P. M. with Charles
Chamberlain in a cutter took tea at Geneva. Came to Penn Yan
remained all night had a pleasant talk with John L. Lewis, took
breakfast at Uncle Josuah Lee's, bid them all good bye came as
far as Stewkey where we saw D. D. Van Allen and Riley. then
proceeded to Erwin and rem'd all night at Mr. Corbin's, after
breakft came on to uncle James Birdsall in Addison Steuben Co.
Saw Uncle Jim and Aunt-and one of the prettiest girls I had
seen in many a day, they appeared very glad to see me and were
very urgent for us to stay all night with them. They were all
very pressing for me to have Sister Mary to come out there and
remain with them a time and Sarah said if she was sure she would
come back with her she would go after her, Sarah played several
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