The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 6
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
alight with the fever of the chase of the scientist after fact,
and quite likely to be a little complacent with a dolt.
Presently we are with him in Houston, which he says is "no
doubt destined to become quite a city in time." Galveston, he
says, is the "New York of Texas," and he describes its site
with some concern for its possible danger from the sea.
On the 2nd of December, 1841, he left Houston on his horse,
bound for Austin; when he arrives, he makes his observations
and puts down a description of the town, its situation, the river,
a sketch of its hygienic condition, and some brisk criticism of
its having been made the seat of government, at such a time
when it was, he says, "much exposed to Indian depredations,
but as yet the city has not been interrupted." But that isn't
all. The Mexicans are also a menace; and at this point he
becomes the military scientist and outlines rather direly how a
party of "500 men (which would seem all sufficient to take
the city) could approach within half a mile of the city with-
out being observed."
On Wednesday, the 8th of December, an event of tremendous
interest took place.
This morning the city was in a buzz making prepa-
rations to "Hail the Chief," Gen. Sam Houston, the
President elect, who was expected by 11 or 12 o'clock.
About the latter hour a salute was heard (of 22 guns,
I believe of small cannon) which announced the ap-
proach of the general. He was met by an escort of
the different military corps of the city and delivered,
it was said, a spirited address. . . . He was then
escorted to Mrs Eberle's and joined a most boisterous
(and we might well say ravenous) crowd in a collation
which had been set by the citizens for him. In this
I did not partake as it was all rush and confusion and
thereby I lost my dinner; for I afterwards learned that
we were to have no dinner in the hotel; for Mrs. Eberle
had thought it convenient with this excuse (though
the collation had been neither furnished nor set by
her) to get clear of the trouble of furnishing dinner
that day; seeming to think that he who could not root
his way through a file three or four deep which were
literally piled around the table might do without till
"Much of the timber about Austin is live oak, but of a scrubby
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941, periodical, 1941; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/m1/10/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.