The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 14
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and thence by horseback to the ranch. Here they found "marks
of refinement" which they "had not seen since leaving New
York." The presence of ladies provided a leaven for the inevitable
hunting and fishing trips and feats of horsemanship of the men.
The ladies went to drive in carriages; they sewed while Horace
read himself hoarse and was rewarded with a cup of hot choco-
late; they played backgammon in the evening. But the boys were
glad when their five-day stay came to an end. They had had
enough of Texas and were eager to be gone.
Returned to Galveston, they writhed under the frustrating
delays and uncertainties attendant on securing passage on a sail-
ing ship for New York. Being able to buy a copy of the Atlantic
only increased their impatience. Besides time was growing short.
Theodore must be back in Williamstown for the opening of the
new term. If they waited for a ship, he would probably be at least
ten days late. Consequently, the boys decided to alter their plans.
They would go north by the mail route. Accordingly, on April
16 they embarked on the steamer Texas bound for New Orleans.
Here they made close connections with the cars for Lake Pont-
chartrain. At Pontchartrain they found the S.S. Florida ready to
leave for Mobile. In Mobile they boarded a crack river boat, the
St. Nicholas, which sped them up the Alabama to Montgomery.
From Montgomery they went by rail to Charleston, but the New
York steamer which they had planned to take in Charleston was
laid up for repairs, and they were forced to take a boat for Phila-
delphia instead. This city they reached on April 26. They were
in New York the evening of the same day. Their trip north had
been a triumph of speed-ten days as against the twenty-two of
their southward sail, begun three months before on January 22,
1859. Theodore could have a few days at home before he left for
Williams; the boys had done their lessons faithfully and Gilman
cheerfully paid the expenses of the trip-$279.67 for George,
$273.90 for Theodore, and $261.oo for Horace. The journal
concludes with a flourish.
"Thus was brought to an end my Journey to Texas.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960, periodical, 1960; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/m1/34/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.