The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 35
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847
dren, are disgustingly filthy and this remark will apply to too
many of this country. They dress, most of them in the gearmar.
costume, which to me, seems equally foreign to modesty, neatness,
and taste. It generally consists of a nameless garment of coarse
linen with sleeves reaching half way to elbow. Over this, a bodice
of blue, or green cloth, laced partly up before. Scirt, or petticoat,
I'm not shure which, of a differe [n]t colour, in longitude . .
sorely Scanty!! and from the narrow lankness of the [appear-
ance of?] of this skirt they have certainly dispensed with the
dozzen petticoats worn by the good vrows of the new Nedderlands,
in the palmy days of Peter the headstrong. They wear no cover-
ing on the arms except that above mentioned. Seldom any on the
feet or ankles. None on the head; as a natural consequence they
are as yellow as squaws and seldom as handsome. O how refresh-
ing, reviving, how perfectly delightful, it would be to see a hand-
some fair complected woman, dressed with taste and neatness. I
will not say elegance; nay I would be satisfied with cleanliness.
The landlord, and lady, (the most ladylike woman I've seen) quar-
reled and parted before breakfast this morning. He got drunk
and went to bed.
25th. I have heard and read much of the "northers" of this
country. My curiosity on this score is perfectly satisfied. Last
night, about eleven o'clock I was lying in a new frame house, three
sides of which was open, so warm, as to require no covering.
I heard a roaring of high wind to the north for perhaps a min-
ute when it came down upon us like a hurricane. In a few min-
utes, I was chill'd through. I wrapped in my blanket and shiv-
ered throughout the night - it was accompanied by heavy rain,
which lasted throughout the night and forenoon to day - late this
morning, we set out for San Antonio. The precarious state of
our finances would not admit of a longer stay at New Brounsfield,
where our board cost us $1.50 per day. The country over which
we traveled this evening is very fine, we traveled 20 or 25 miles
today, and lay down in the prairie and slept to morning the wind
still blowing cold from the north, the sky was clear "darkly, deeply,
and b[ea]utifully blue," beyond discription or comparison, the
stars here shine with a lustrous brilliancy which I have seldom or
never seen, no climate in the states can equal the pureness and
Arose from our drowsy bead, at 8 this morning, and was soon
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