Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 30
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dU TEXAS ALMANAC.
the Town of Orange in Orange County; Nueces Bridge and Turnpike Company;
Tennesse Colony Masonic Institute; Philosophian Society of Chappell Hill College ;
Guadaloupe Bridge Company; Fire Association of the City of San Antonio; Au-
thorizing the Tellico Manufacturing Company to construct a Bridge across the
Trinity River; Amending the Act to incorporate the Eastern Texas and Red River
Insurance Company; Amending Charter to San Antonio River Navigation Com-
pany; Toll Bridge across the Angelina River, etc:; San Antonio Cotton and
Woolen Manufacturing Company; Freestoue School Association; Amending Charter
of Clarksville and Mount Pleasant Turnpike Company; Amending Charter to the
Texas Iron, Steel, and Copper Manufacturing, Mining, and Trading Company; Me-
Kinney Bridge and Ferry Company ; Western Texas Life, Fire, and Marine Insurance
Company of San Antonio; San Antonio Water Company; Texas Life, Fire, and Ma-
rine Insurance Company of Galveston; Waco Union Female Institute; Bosque Col-
lege and Seminary; Navisoto Turnpike and Toll Bridge Company; Lavaca Insurance
Company; Corpus Christi Academy.
There were three Acts relating to particular Counties, and one to Towns, and
eighty-two private relief bills.
NARRATIVE OF THE ANAHUAC, OR OPENING CAMPAIGN
BY N. D. LABADIE.
HAVING heard much of the vast prairies and surpassing beauties of Texas, I
mounted my steed, and arrived from Louisiana in Nacogdoches, where I spent
Christmas-day of 1830. I first delivered my introductory letters to CoL Piedras,
the commander of that post, and some other prominent citizens of the place. My
object being to see something of a country of which I had heard so many glowing
accounts, I set out for San Felipe in January, 1831, at which place I found our
esteemed townsman, Col. Sam. M. Williams, to whom I delivered some letters, and
who received me with open arms, inviting me to his house. I, however, took up
my quarters with Mrs. Peyton, whose name has since become so familiar to
Texians, and to whom I may again have occasion to refer. A few days after I
started for Brazoria, in company with Col. Williams and others. Travel being my
only business at the time, I found myself in New-Orleans the next month, (Febru-
ary,) where I was in company with Capt. Henry Austin, and many other Texians,
with whom I had formed acquaintance. I was induced again to return to Texas,
and finally came over in the small schooner Martha, commanded by Capt. James
Spillman, and landed at Anahuac, the 2d of March, 1831. Having a good stock of
medicines, I was at once employed by Col. Bradburn as surgeon of the Mexican
garrison at that place, then consisting of some 300 men. Being successful in my
profession, I soon had more business than I could well attend to, among the citi-
zens and soldiers. CoL James Morgan, with J. C. Reed, soon-after arrived from
New-Orleans with a large stock of goods. The population of that region increased
daily, and that increase brought with it the necessity of organizing Anahuac into
a Court District. For the accomplishment of this object, Stephen F. Austin ad-
vised that a petition, unanimously signed, should be sent to the capital of Coahuila
and Texas. Seventy-two signers were soon obtained, and among other things, the
petition set forth the services rendered by the signers and the inhabitants of the Trin-
ity River in quelling the Fredonian war, and prayed a commission to be sent out to put
them in possession of their lands. In return, a Mexican, named Madeiro, was sent out
with authority to issue titles. Having arrived at Atoseasito, near the present town
of Liberty, he stopped with Capt. Winm. Orr, a most excellent man and good citizen.
A call having been duly notified, a meeting was held at that place, to select a
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