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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
the line. then they would form three or four to
gather. after ma-neu-verin some time they woud
turn and run off.) one evening mrs Dyer sent
her brother Harvy Stafford to in-vite Mother to
attend a dancening party at her house. we
Children were delighted mother had not been from
home since we had been on the farm. mr.
Stafford went to the field for uncle James and
Brother. we got there before dark. it was onley
two miles in the bottom. the house was adouble
log cabin with a passage betwene the rooms.
page 22 contnued
the people soon began to arive. among them
several young ladies. Mr. Bell came with his
family. Mr. West and family didnt attend. he
appears to have aspite against every man in the
neighborhood. be-fore dark aservent came in
with a bunch of cane (cane). each piece about
12 (twelve) inchs in length. he laid the pieces of
cane on a chair got aknife split them took out
tallow candles. lighted up the house. mother had
candle moldes. she asked mrs. Dyer why she
didnt send and get them. mr. Dyer said she had
never used candle moldes. she and her mother
mrs Stafford used cain or diped candles. as soon
as the house was lighted a negro man came in
with afiddle and com-menced-playing. the young
people began danceing. one of the boys asked
me to dance. I never had dance. had been at a
ball in Harris-burg but didnt dance. had not seen
any dancing. but one time before we came to
texas. then I thought it was horrible. it was new
years night 1830. we were living in st. louis-
missouri. some mased Negros came to Fathers
house and danced the old year out the new year
in. I looked on and watched the different fig-urs
till I thouht I could dance. Mr Harvy Stafford
asked me to be his partner in an old Virginia Reel.
I went on the floor and dance till morning. Mrs.
Dyer tlold mother danceing was the only
amusement the youg people had in Texas.
page 23 April 1834 we went home next morning
delighed with the ball.)
Father returned from sanfelip. found the land
offic closed. could not transact any business. met
several friends from missouri. met James Caar.
a cousin of mothers. says there was much
excitement amoung the people in sanfelip.
Stephen F. Austin had been aprisoner in mexico
since december 10 1833. Father says there will
be troub with mexico as she had orderd the arrest
of several of the most prominent men in Texas.
Father dont have much con-fidence in Spanish
Justice or Mexican laws. he had been in the war
betwen betwene Eng-land and the united states
in 1812. had seen Washington City ofter it was
burned by the English. was in Richmon, Virginia
when the theater burned. didn't attende the
theater that night but seen the horrors of that
calamity. he resigned his po-sition as surgon in
the army and went to cuba for his helth. was
arrested put in prison remained there three years
was not released till peace was pro-claimed
betwene England and the United States. Moxico
belonged at that time to Spain. Mr. Travis sent
sister and I sunday school books. there had been
asundy school in sanfelip but it was closed by
the Catholic priest Father Moldon. R. M.
Williamson sent us side combs to pay us for the
use of our play house. Mr. Travis sent mother
word that there was not a Bibe for sale in
page 24 four May 1834 Death of a little boy
there has been sad accident near our house Mr.
West was out with his children gathering moss.
his little boy fell out of the cart. one wheel past
over the child's chest. when his Father go to him
the Child was breathing. the accident hapend
near Mr. Bell's fence. mr. Bell came for Father
and Mother. Mrs. Bell helped mr. West home
with his Children. when Father and mother got
there the child was dead. there was no lumber
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