The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 38
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
One of their companions was a Mr. Newton who had come to the
Southwest in 182o as superintendent of the Osage mission. John
well remembered when that mission passed down the Ohio River
and landed at Cincinnati. He had been a boy in college then,
and many of the boys of Cincinnati College were busy that day
taking to the landing the contributions of their parents-clothing,
stoves, and supplies of various kinds. The shore was lined with
people gathered to see the mission depart on its errand of mercy.
The crowd stood uncovered while the Reverend Joshua L. Wilson,
in a clear and sonorous voice, offered prayer. As the keelboats
cast off, the members of the mission stood upon the decks singing
a farewell hymn. "Here I find the leader of that mission," John
wrote in his diary, "who had passed through his long and fruitless
toil (fruitless as all such missions are), and is now the teacher in
an academy at Yorktown."
With the Reverend Mr. Newton, Abby and John rode thirty
miles to the breakfast house which was kept by a Tennessee doctor.
There was a good fire to sit by, but the breakfast was served in
an open shed. The doctor sat at the table with his guests and asked
a blessing upon the food, which included a well-cooked chicken
and delicious home-cured ham.
When they reached Yorktown-a large compact settlement, not
a village-they had "a Texas supper." The next evening at night-
fall they reached Lavaca. Some of the passengers chose to stay all
night there and go down to the ship next morning by sailboat,
but John and Abby chose to go on to Powder Horn. Arriving
there at one o'clock in the morning, they were able to sleep a few
hours. Abby was near exhaustion, having had no rest, except a
little nap at a tavern where she lay on some chairs with her feet
to the fire.
The next morning, after a good breakfast and a stroll on the
beach, they boarded the steamship Perseverance in Matagorda
Bay. They arrived in Galveston the following morning.
On March i, John and Abby embarked for New Orleans. On
board ship John talked to two men about the advisability of re-
moving to Texas to live. One had lived in San Antonio for three
years and was now returning to Philadelphia, completely con-
vinced that Texas was much overrated. The other man was a
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