The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 22
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Overleys I gave you some skech in my last. of that I have
nothing to abate, and will not take yours nor my time to add there
to-the ballance are dull common place fellows like myself. I felt
few regrets at leaving the rock-yet I found some interesting ac-
quaintances there-today has been very pleasant- road tolerably
good - over poor pine barrans - the poor land in Arkansas is
worthless except for the timber, and it is a thousand miles from
any market- one of our party sick today- (Rice of Capt. Pen-
nington's Co.). we reached Benton a poor little place in the
woods, late in the evening 25 miles from Little Rock.
[September] 2nd Rice unable to go on this morning, we vere
compeled to leave him at Benton- road and country as yesterday
-near to Washita saw some beautiful white flint rock, with veins
of Red, Green, and blue running through it - crossed the Washita
at 2 P. M. nothing of interest to be seen unless it is the great
number Sarvice berries growing on the banks. Showery this
evening, day rather warm, for comfort, traveled 32 miles and
3d on the road at 7, crossed the Caddo, a pretty little creek,
with rich bottoms some fine cotton farms on it - made 40 miles
to Longs, Fare, Midling and harlly [hearty?], bill one Dollar.
4th got an early start, crossed the little Missouri this morn-
ing - some rich bottoms of cane, stopped for dinner at Williams,
paid 5 cents a sheaf for half rotton oats, and 25 cents for a
Miserable dinner, another admonition this, that it will not do to
trust appearances, he ownes a fine bottom farm, fine house and a
large number of Slaves. we reached Washington late in the eve-
ning, another poor place, twelve grog shops and but one church.
Lieut. Davidson and several other Kentuckians was there sick -
one by the name of Harlo, Prices co. started with us, our guide
had a knock down with one of his quandom gambling friends,
whom he chanced to meet there, in five minutes after his arrival.
5th Left Washington and reached Fulton on Red River, by
moon, Road and country as yesterday - pine ridges covered with
a corse Grass, Fulton consists of one Smith Shop, two ware houses,
three Grocerys, and four cabins, meet with Several Choctaw Indians
who spoke English quite well. In crossing the river the boat got
stranded on a log and after working an hour, we brought up
another boat, and led our horses out of the former, into the latter,
which was rather ticklish work. The river is here 200 yds. wide,
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