The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 21
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847
by the widows of little Rock- he is wealthy and very liberal-
unscrupulous and credulous- our next most important character
is a Mr. Rothrock, a professional gentleman, i. e. a professed
gambler without character, home, or money, he has imposed himself
of [on] Peters, as a guide, well acquainted with the rout to San
Antonio and Say [s] he can take him there in 15 days the distance
by a nigher rout being only 500 miles. Peters furnishes him a
horse belonging to one of the sick gone by water and pay [s] his
passage, which expence the former promises to refund at San
Antonio (doubtful) the Sequal will show whither or not my
opinion of the gentleman, expressed to Peters before we started be
the true one or not, viz. that he was a trifling, swindling, scoundrel.
I learned a night or two before leaving the rock he had made his
boast that we [would] pay his way out, and then he would flece
the soldiers as they would be paid off by the time we arrived; this
I informed all off except Peters. He has applyed to me, and two
or three others singly to borrow money, but has in each case
receiv'd a cool denial-more of him perhaps again- The 3rd is
a Winm. Taylor of the rock, a modest, agreeable, unassuming young
man of prepossing manners, and appearance, he leaves a young
wife and son at the rock, and is seeking a home for them in Texas-
The 4th is by the name of Burchel from Woodford Cy., N. Y. He
is a brave and modest [man], warm-hearted and generous to pro-
fusion, Just such a man as one loves to meet with, such as one
loves to love.
The 5th and 6th are most agreeable companions, because they
never speak, unless addressed, are civil and obliging. The 7th is
a young fellow of 18 years, good hearted, but an ignorant, con-
ceited Ass, an incorrigible liar, and most incesant and tiresome
talker. I have not patience to write more of him. The 8th is a
natural droll and wit-Some times very entertaining. Of the two
tioning names of persons and places, and giving color to the objects
which he describes. Quite a considerable space is given to San Antonio,
where he was delayed for a considerable time.
"The original of these letters is now in the possession of my mother,
now in her 90th year and will not be permitted to leave her possession."
President A. H. Upham, of Miami University, from whom this copy
was obtained, says:
"This copy was made very carefully some years ago from the original
manuscript and checked against it for spelling, punctuation, and the
Except for a few unimportant editorial variations the manuscript is
published as it was received.-E. C. B.
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