The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 332
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that you are uncomfortable, without coat and jacket, and in less
than two minutes the wind will turn from S. to N. and you will be
shivering thoug you are weighed down with the warmest cloathing.
Persons in winter are very subject to colds or influenzies which often
prove fatal. Times are dul at present here produce is lower than it
has been formerly, and goods higher, on account of the tariff. It is
very healthy here at present Mr Borden and his wife 8 child have
gone on a visit to her mother's about ioo miles below on the coast.
... in this country good society is exceedingly rare and morals are
more corrupt than in almost any other part of the world where the
people are civilized. There was a ball in town last evening. I had a
very pressing invitation to attend, but declined. I had much rather
spend the evening in contemplating the beauties of nature, or read-
ing; than to mingle in the crowd of giddy pleasure; where pride,
vanity and ignorance clad in gaudy dress is the only pinnacle of
preeminance. I have taken much satisfaction in viewing a phenome-
non, which I had never observed til a few evenings ago. West from
here the prarie extends to the timber of the Collorado above 20
miles but there are a few scattering trees on the Bernard 15 or 16
miles from here, and a few on a branch 6 mile. In the clearest day
at an elevation of 15 or 20 feet the trees on the branch are just
perceivable. Just after sunset the other night I was looking at some
yellowish clouds the sun was shining upon, and bringing the night
to the horizon. I discovered the timber on the Bernard, could trace
its windings for several miles, the trees and even their limbs were
very plain to be seen. I have observed it several times since. I can not
account for it-the sun sinks below the horizon far this side of the
Bernard it may be refraction. ... We have the poorest opportunity
of obtaining information relative to the affairs of the U. S. or even
of the world. ...
I have writen but little of any thing interesting, there is nothing
in this country interesting. I write something about the old priest
but he is to mean to mention a fool, a drunkard, a scoundrel, a liar,
a hypocrite, a cohabiter with negros and all such names are appli-
cable to him; yet many persons show him great respect. He ask and
desires to be waited upon by a committee appointed for the express
purpose from place to place; but the citizens cant stoop quite to that
and his desires are unheeded. ...
MOSES LAP M
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