Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 95
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
Mother prepared dinner for the white men after
dinner Mr. Smith explained to Father how he
came to be lost on the prairie. said he had
aplantation on the Brazos-river neare Major
Binghams. he with Monro Edwards had been to
Africa for aship load of African Negroes. Monro
Edwards landed his part at sabine pass. he landed
at Virginia point. it had been four days since they
landed. had only one day ration. the negros were
so enfeebled from close confinement they could
not travel. he rested one day. would have reach
home the next night if he hadnt got lost. had been
absent some time. didnt know th Brazos river
had overflowed. said he had asister and her
Children on his plantation. her name was terry.
asked Father if he knew them. Father did not.
he knew Major Bingham. had met him in Harris-
burg the fall before. didnt sup-pose there had
been any casual-ty or he would have heard as
Mr. Bingham lived twenty five 25 mils below.
Mr. Smith asked uncle James to guard the Negros
till he and his men could sleep. the men slep. he
couldnot. said he had not had aletter or seen
anews paper in six month. didnt know what was
going on in the world. was surprised that the
page 17 February 1834
Ben F Smith and his Afrcans continu
people were without bread. said he had not see
a white man woman or child except the shipscrua
in months had lived on sea bread and salt meat.
had been chased three times by British Cruisers
once by aunited States man of war. said he would
not have run such arisk for awife. Father told
him he had some brandy for medical use. advised
him to take som after drinking aglass he went to
sleep. uncle James guarded the Negroes. the
negroes didnt need watching. after dark they went
to sleep and didnt wake till morning. the negroes
were so destitute of clothing mother would not
permit us Children to go near them. next day
they cooked theire meat before they began eating.
next morning Mr. Smith sent for Mr. Dyer paid
for the cattle bought more beeves asked Father
permssio to stay till he could send to his plantation
for assistance. Harvey Stafford offerd to go said
he knew Frank Terry. after three of four day he
and Frank Terry returned. Mr. Smith body servent
mack came with them. brought awagon and team
and Clothing for the negross. Mack made them
go to the creeake and bathe and card thiere
heads. after thy were dressed he marched them
to the house for Moter and us little gils to see
them. Mack tried to learn them to make abow.
page 18 Febuary 1834 the Africans negroees
the negroes laughed and Catterd like monkeys.
they didnt understand aword of English. all the
men and boys in the neighborhood came to see
the wild Africns. Mr. Smith had gone to Mr.
Staffords came back the next day was glad to
meet his nephew and servent. they had brought
Mr. Smith ahorse and saddle. Mr. Smith had a
large scaffold built over a trench. mode a fire
under the Scaffold. bucherd the beeves. dryed
the meat over the fire. after afew day sent Frank
Terry and Mack home with the negroes. the stock
of Cattle on the place were for sale. Mr. Smith
and Mr. Woodruf bought the Cattle. engaged
uncle James Wells to take charg till they could
move the cattle. Mr. Woodrof was ababtis-
preacher. mother asked him to preach in our
neighbor-hood. he faild to do so he lived near
Columbia. had alarge family. was ingage in
farming. Mrssrs. Smith and Woodrof stay with
us was very pleasant. the friend-ship formed at
that time betwen Mr. Smith and Father continued
as loung as they lived. when Mr. Smith baid
Mother good-by he told her he would send her
abarel of flour as soon as aschooner came to
Brazoria. she said she neve expeced to see abarel
of flour again. we were very lonesome after our
compny left as there were no school in the
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