Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 102
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
the young people anticipate afine time as
invitations has been sent to other settlements.
near the last of June our neigborhod has been in
astate of excitement. alarge Company of
mexicans arived with adrove of horses for sale.
the mexicans pre-tend they didnt understand
english. all the men are confident that the
Mexicans are spies. Mr. Leo Roark can speak
some Spanish. he acts as in-terpreter. the men
keep on with theire prepa-rations for the fourth
of July but are very cautious in their conversation
as they are Confident the mexicans under-stand
every word that is said. they are very friendly
and kind there is two or three of the Mexcans
that seem to be perfect gentleman they visit the
people. make very liberal offers in triing to sell
horses. would sell on time. return in the fall for
the money. Leo Roark went with them to interpret
for they paid him well for his time. wanted him
to travel with them. his Mother would not giv
page 29 nine July 1834
the fourth of July was a fine day the bar-becue
was neare Mr. Dyers house. quilting and ball at
the house. the ladis spent the day in conversation
and work. young people dancing in the yard
Children playing under the trees. Men talking
politics. there were no political speaking as the
mexicans were present. the politicians and
lawyers from San-felipe and Harrisburg were
present but had little to say as the people ar very
Anxious about Stephen F. Austin as he is in
mexico a prisoner. three of the mexicans eat
dinner, was very sociable. one of them danced
a Virgina reel but the others could not dance any
dances but waltzes and our youg ladies didnt
waltze well it was agrand af-fair for the times.
the young people thought it Magnificent. the
music was two fiddles plade. tornn about by
three negro men. one negro man got an Iron pin
and Clevis used at the end of acart tongue or a
plow beam and beat time with the fiddles. an-
other man beat atin pan. well they young people
danced to that music from three oclock in the
eveing till next morning. Mother went home with
her family before day. every body else staid all
night eat bar-becuede meal. all sorts of
vegetobles coffee fowls potatos honey and corn
bread but no cake.) as there were no flour in the
Country. the whiskey gave out early in the eveing.
there was no fuss or quarrelin. evry body went
home in agood humor none mor so than the negro
musicians as they were paide for playing the
fiddle Clevis and beating the tin pan.
page 29 nine continu July 1834
this was the second time we had at-tended a
fourth of July Celebration in texas. the first time
was in Harris-burg. I rememberd the fourth of
July Celebrations in st. louis missouria had seen
the mi-litia pa-rade drums beaten flags flying
cannon fireing. but the glory was no to be com-
parde with the fourth of July in the year 1834
thirty-four) neare Stafford point on the Brazos
about 15 fifteen miles from Harris-burg. the
mexican left shortly after the fourth. thy
separated in-to three divisions. one party went
to Brazoria the others to Anahuac and
Nacogdoches. the Mexicans behaved well while
they were amoung us. Spent money freely. paid
for all they needed. the people were gald when
they were gone they didnt sell many horses in
the neighborhood. Mr. Gallantin swaped his gentle
pony for awild horse. Father tried to persuade
the old man not to swap but he wouldnt be
advised. had the wild horse tied to atree till the
mexicans were gone. one of the mexicans put
abig saddle on the pony girth and bridle made of
hair lariat blanket bottle gourd and other things
to numerous to mention. got on stuk his big spurs
in the ponys sides struck it with aquirt and sarted.
Sister and cried all day about the pony Mother
was provoked. Said she would have bought the
pony if Mr. Gallantine would have sold it. the
next night the wild horse broke the lariat and ran
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