The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 360
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Rutherford described the upper country he had been through
in a letter to his sister dated March i o.
It has the clear running streams of New England, skirted with
heavy timber, high hills of smooth greensward, soil, rich and deep
to the very top, here called rolling prairie, occasionally dotted with
'mottes' of timber, resembling old orchards in an old cultivated coun-
try-except in the absence of buildings, fences, and improvements.
We often rode 30 miles without a house. The Colorado, Guadaloupe,
and San Antonio are the prettiest rivers I ever saw.
His last days in Texas were spent shooting alligators in Jones
Creek, visiting, and seeing Houston. Houston he described as
"a fine town on a muddy flat at junction of two bayous forming
Buffalo Bayou. Academical style of architecture prevailing. Cap-
itol House is a capital house."
On the 2snd, Rutherford, his uncle, and Eliza Perry, rode by
stage through San Luis to Galveston Island. "Ride on the beach.
Do not reach Galveston till midnight; trunks slip off and divers
calamities." Two days were spent at Galveston at the Tremont
House, called by Rutherford a "grand hotel." On March 25, the
steamer Palmetto was taken for New Orleans, which was reached
in two days. Cholera still prevailed and they were not out of
danger of it until they reached Memphis. After staying in Cincin-
nati and Columbus several days, Rutherford and his uncle reached
home at the end of April.
Hayes never forgot his trip to Texas. He continued to corre-
spond with Guy M. Bryan even through the Civil War when the
two were fighting on different sides. Hayes's friendship with Guy
and his love for Texas to some extent molded his thoughts and
actions concerning the South when he was President during the
Colonel Rutherford Birchard Hayes wrote in his diary at Camp
Green Meadows, West Virginia, July 18, 1862,
After drill, a fine concert of the glee club of Company A. As they
sang "That Good Old Word Good-bye," I thought of the pleasant
circle that used to sing it on Gulf Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas.
And now so broken. And my classmate and friend, Guy M. Bryan ...
true and patriotic wherever he is. Success to him personally!
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