The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 93
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The History of a Texas Slave Plantation, 1831-63
5 or 6 plantations in my neighborhood which was destroyed by
It will be recalled that Perry had settled at Chocolate Bayou
before moving to Peach Point. Evidently there was some ques-
tion as to the advisability of closing out the establishment there,
for Austin wrote Perry, "I am greatly in favor of keeping up
the Chocolate bayou stock farm, and intend to spend some of
my time there-the place is of no value except for stock, but is
good for that purpose."59 That he was guided by Austin's wishes
and retained the Chocolate Bayou ranch is indicated by occasional
entries in the Day Book.
A letter from Perry to Austin in May, 1835, indicates the
progress made in the plantation. He wrote,
I have made arrangements to settle our Dickenson and clear
Creek lands and within the summer have the others settle [d] we
have about 65 or 70 acres in cotton this year but the season since
the 1st Mar has been so dry that prospects for crops are bad
In November of the same year Moses Austin Bryan, Perry's
step-son, wrote, "am rejoiced to hear that you are all in good
health and getting along so well in the way of picking out cotton
The next year the country was in turmoil and confusion inci-
dent to the revolution. Early in the year Perry was advised to
take his family to a place of safety because of possible uprising
of negroes and dangers from Indians.62 Three days after this
letter was written, Perry wrote that he was at Lynch's Ferry and
that he had not gotten the "waggon across the San Jacinto."
At the time he was undecided whether to take his negroes any
further or not.83 This move was part of the so-called "Runaway
Scrape." Perry decided to leave his family on San Jacinto Bay.
Together with several of his negro men, he joined James Morgan
"8Perry to Messrs. Lastraps and Desmare, January 15, 1835. Austin
"Austin to Perry, November 6, 1834. Austin Papers.
"Perry to Austin, May 5, 1835. Austin Papers.
"Bryan to Perry, November 18, 1835. Austin Papers.
"Henry Austin to Perry, April 5, 1836. Austin Papers.
"Perry to Austin, April 8, 1836. Austin Papers.
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