Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 90
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Our first summer in texas past very pleasantly.
Father got well, bought ahorse, began the practice
of medicine. he bought drugs and medicin all so
dry goods grocerys from orleans for his family
but sold the flour as there was nonein Harrisburg.
the merchants said flour would be brought from
new orleans in the fall when the schooners came
for cotton. we were only settled a few days when
sister and I asked mother if we couldnt go and
gather dewberrys she said yes but that we must
not go away from the fence. we were so interest
in gathering beryes and flowers that we were
soon out of sight of the hous. we were lost in the
pine woods it it seems lik providence guideded
our foots steps we got on foot path that led to
the last house be-low town. mr. Farmer lived
theare he went home with us
page 6 six June 1833 in Harisburg
When we got home mother was calling us. we
had been gone one hour. were so frightened we
staid in the yard all the time Father met and old
friend from St. louis mr. Gallatin. three of the
young men that came to texas with us have been
to visit us. they had gone with mr Johnson to
Brazoria. we were glad to see them. they wer
going to san felipe on a survaing expeditio to
locate land one was asurveyor by the fifteenth
of June the Brazos and Colorado rivers
overflowed. the water extended from the Brazos
to buffalo bayou. crops all lost. not corn enought
was raised to feed the people. no cotton raised
that year. no boat came that year. David Harris
shipped aschooner loaded with lumber to tampico
in mexica brought back dry goods but no
provision. it was many days before we got any
flour. soon times became hard. the steam mill
was close down run only one day in the week to
grind cone. that threw the men out of work as
sawing timber was the only branch of industry in
the place. there were was some corn raised on
buffalo bayou and the bay but the main
dependence of the people were on the Brazos
farmers they the planters didn't rais bread to feed
their negroes. Father concluded to move. he
rented a farm near Stafford pointabout fifteen
mils from Harris burg on the Brazos. we were
sorry to leave our new friend but Father thought
it best to move.
page sevn seven december 1833 lieveing Harris
the farm Father rented was cald the Cart-Wright
farm had alarge stock of cattle we were to have
the use of the milch cows. it was in a good
neighborhood and as there was no physicin living
there it was a desirable situation we left Harris-
burg during Christmas. the wether warm and
pleasant. mr. Lightle heped us to move. said it
would take two days. the roads were so bad
Father had sent most of our movables by a
neighbor from the country. we started pre-pared
to comp. mr. Lightle gathered pine knots and put
in the cart said he would need it for fire and
lights mother sister and myself road in the cart.
it was rought traveling. the Christmas two years
before in year 31 we rode ten miles in a sleigh
from Grand Father Wells's to st. louis. Christmas
thirty-two 32 we were in new orleans. there were
three young men with us allso uncle James Wells.
the men were going to Mr. Stafford to build a
cotton gin. the men traveld on horse back all had
guns. said they would go on six miles and wait
for the cart.Father went with them to kill adeer.
we had bread but no meat. Brother rode behind
uncle he was ten years old said he wanted to
see the sport. it was any thing but fun. be-fore
we got to the end of our jorney three miels from
town we left the timber prairie covered with
warter brays bayou had over-flowed the road
looked like ariver. we hadnt traveld six mils
page 8 eight December 28 1833
moveing from Harrisburg and continued
when the sun set paty on horse back not in sight.
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