The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 65
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Journal of Lewis Birdsall Harris, 1886-1849 65
tunes on the piano for us and we were both very much pleased,
to say the least. We left Uncle James's after dinner and went as
far as Mr. Kilburn's at Lawrenceville Pa, that evening (this was
the first time I had left my native State since I was grown and
when I crossed the line into Pa, my emotions were peculiar. I
was leaving to go to a far distant and unknown land on a doubt-
ful and dangerous mission. it would doubtless be a very long
time before I ever returned if ever, leaving many whom I held
most dear a brother and sister and many other relatives and
friends perhaps for ever and going to strange lands infested with
danger on every side). They were very hospitable and kind at
Mr. Kilburns where we rem'd all night. in the morning we left
and Charles L. Kilburn accompanied us and came as far as Bloss-
burg near the Coal Mines, the prospect of the snow soon melting
off prevented my friend and cousin Chas. C. from going further
he and Chas. K. turned back and left me to pursue my journey
alone. I bid good bye to Chas. C. with sincere regret he placed
a $100 bill in my hands for the purchase of village lots in Texas,
but I knew he gave it fearing my slender purse might fail.
Saturday March 9. I arrived at Williams Port by stage about
2 P. M. I passed thro. Lawrenceville, Wellsboro, Mansfield, Cov-
ington etc. all small places the largest being Lawrenceville and
Wms. Port, the only meeting houses I saw were at Lawrenceville and
Wms. Port, at Mansfield we called on a Mr. Wm. Mann who wished
me to write to him at Blossburg. I was joined in the Stage here
by Mr. Benjamin Wood from Bath who was very kind and took
quite an interest in my affairs, business compelled him to stop at
the Block House, but he said he hoped to join me at Pittsburgh.
From Williams Port I wrote to Aunt Eliza Van Tuyl in answer
to one I rec'd from her just before leaving expressing great
anxiety to see me at Batavia before I left. I passed down "Trout
Run" which is hemmed in on each side by stupendous mountains
and the scenery very romantic. the view was magnificent and
of course would be much finer at any other season of the year.
I certainly would enjoy it more in a milder climate.
At Williams port met a Mrs. Harris who asked to be intro-
duced to me as she believed we were related. We had a very
pleasant conversation altho we did [not?] discover our relation-
ship, a Miss Hall a very pretty girl came in and we had a very
enjoyable time and helped to pass away the evening.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922, periodical, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/m1/71/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.