The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 40
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the principal growth is Post Oak. Musquite is beginning to ap-
pear and flowers more numerous-There is a sort of Pink here
which is perfectly beautiful they grow in thick clusters and are
of deep crimson color. I have seen acres of ground literally
covered as with a velvet cloth.
The settlements on this side of the River are rather sparse, but
ladies are more plenty than I had expected, particularly unmarried
ladies. I have seen some very pretty girls, one certainly, a Miss
Hancock. We stoped at the House to procure corn and while Mr.
Harris was attending to the corn I chatted with the young lady-
I found her possessed of good sense but wanting in experience.
She beleived the gold stories about California, but thought it rather
imprudent for a young lady to go in search of it- I did not urge
Onion Creek May 3. It has been raining all the morning and
we can't move on until it clears up- We have made but little
progress in the last two days in consequence of our Horses having
absconded during the nights of the 30th and 1st. Yesterday we
passed the prettyst place that I have seen on the road, the residence
of Mr. Caldwell the place is well improved, and the situation itself
is beautiful and picturesque, indeed one deserving the artists
study. We are now in the Musquite range and our horses seem
to appreciate the change.
May 8th. Writing a journal on the road is pretty much like
something [else], it costs more than it will come to, still it will never
do to say fail this soon, and in order to keep up the connection I
must go back to the last writing and trace our journey to the
present time. We reached Austin the night of the 3rd inst. and
the 4th I spent in the City, the Capital of Texas. If my impres-
sions of the place are such as usually strike its visitors, Austin
certainly cannot boast of a very enviable reputation, abroad. Per-
haps it was the weather, the misty, murky, disagreeable day, and
not the muddy lanes, log huts, and drunken idlers so happily
where on the Red River, and a number had been sick, but all were well
when they arrived at LaGrange.
"Major Murchison's company organized at that place on the 28th ult.;
and were to have left for California on the first inst.
"Emigrants for the gold diggings will find the route from Houston by
way of LaGrange and Austin, altogether preferable to any other, the road
being good, and settlement on the entire route to Fredericksburg, a dis-
tance of 260 miles. Should horses, oxen or mules be required, they can
be had at nearly every plantation."
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117141/m1/48/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.