The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 354
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
New York, July 8, 1833
My dear Brother,'
I take this opportunity to send you a few lines. I have written to
you, and I have received no answer. My mother is dead. She died
in February, and my father left me. I have not heard from him but
once. Then he was in New York on the 4th of July last, 1832.
I have left my boss on account of his bad usage. The man that I
live with now is a very pleasant and most agreeable man. The
business that I am now at is hat finishing. It is a very good trade,
and I am well pleased with my situation.
Felicity, Ohio, January 11, 1837
I left New York on the 21st of November, 1835, for Texas as a
volunteer under Colonel [Edward H.] Stanley with about two hun-
dred men. After being fourteen days out to sea, we were taken by an
English brig, Serpent, and taken into Nassau, one of the West India
islands, as pirates. After keeping us forty-seven days in prison and
nearly starving us, we were taken out to be tried, but the jury could
not as much as bring in a bill against us. We were liberated. After
remaining three days on the island we set sail for New Orleans
where we arrived in eight days.
After waiting two weeks for a convoy, we set sail for Texas and
arrived at Velasco in five days. There we received orders from the
Cabinet of Texas to sail for Matagorda, one of the ports in Texas,
where we landed. There we soon received orders to march to the main
army where I remained till the Mexicans were driven out of Texas,2
and then I received an honorable discharge3 and started for New
1James Goodman, the brother, was born on October 24, 1815, in Brooklyn, New
York, and died in Westhampton, New York, on November 23, 1896. He married
Delilah Ann Phillips on February 25, 1843. She was born in Speonk, New York,
on January 12, 1829, and was the daughter of Joseph and Rosetta Benjamin Phil-
lips. Their children were: James Dennis, December 14, 1843-June 5, 1913; Joseph
Otis, September 11, 1848-January 2, 1881; Hiram Francis, July lo, 1852-January 14,
1926 (father of Leon Goodman); George Washington, October 15, 1854-August
17, 1857; and Richard Olin, May 2, 1859-April 19, 1930.
2The records of the General Land Office, Austin, Texas, show that Christopher
C. Goodman served in the Army of the Republic of Texas from January 5, 1836,
until August 21, 1836. Apparently he was credited with the time he spent in prison
*The Audited Military Claims, Republic of Texas, Archives, Texas State Library,
include his discharge, which reads:
I hereby certify that Christopher C. Goodman enrolled his name at New York
on the 21st day of November, 1835, as a volunteer in the service of Texas; that on
the 5th of March 1836 he was reported for duty at Velasco, and that subse-
quently on the 25th of March at the organization of the battalion he became a
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