Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 108
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told him it would be best to wait for her Daug-
ters to grow up. he said no he wanted the whole
pag 37 Feb 1835
Mr Cote sittle with Mrs. West with out any
trouble she is not twenty-five years old. is very
handsom. she is a french cre-ole from louisiana.
the neighbors do all they can to make her
comfortable. would send her too friends in the
united states if she would go. she distrust evey
body. her husband had not located land. bought
twenty acres from Mr Stafford and built asmall
house but hadn't made the first payment at the
time of his deth. Mr. Stafford offerd to pay for
the house buy her Corn cattle and hogs and send
her anChildren too her Father in louisiana. she
would not go but coments plowing. her husband
had lease the ground for three years. the men
went and plowed and planted the crops for her
Mrs Adam Staffor say he will send his negros to
cultivte the land if others would help. all agreed
to help but Father. he said he would attend her
family in sickness furnish medicine and not charge
her acent. the other men said they were willing
uncle James will not live with us this year he is
goen to oversee at the stafford plan-tation. Mr.
Cote and uncle James tease Harvy Stafford
every time they meet him about his special
Charge the widow. they tell him he should help
her hoe her corn and Cotton he says he only
offerd to cut wood and sell cotton ofter the other
men raised it. Mother scolds them. says theire
Jokes are wery wrong as the lady husband had
been dead but afew Months.
page 38 March 1835
the Indians left the first of March we were glad
to see them go they sold theire hades at Harris-
burg. Clinton Harris son of John R. Harris
deceased had opend astore there. the Indians
left in the morning. the men with guns first squaws
earring theire pappooses tied on theire backs
leading the ponies dogs. following the ponies were
packed with buffalo robes blankets bear skins
pots and kettles and thing to numerous to mention.
Children riding in basket suspended across the
ponies backs. we were glad to see the last of
them. the farmers are planting cotton cone up
and growing. Father hire help this year. he is is
the only doctor in the neighborhood. he was
obliged to hire two boys. he has been well paid
for last years practice. the people in texas are
doing well. if it was not for the uncertainty of the
mexican laws Father could locate land get
ahome. Mother is very dissatisfide says if she
would go back to the united states if she could
go by land. says she never will cross the gulf of
Mexico again in a schooner. Father is well
pleased with the country. say texas will be agreat
state in the future an if it was not for the lawyers
and land speculators there might not be any
trouble with Mextco. the mexicans are fighting
among themselves but texas should not interfer.
a schooner last week ran the blockade at
Galveston island. brought several emigrants to
Harris-burg. the Captain didnt see any thing of
the Mextcan revenu Cutter. think she was lost in
sorm a few day be fore.
page 39 nine April 1835 English Emigrants
there has bee quite an addition to our
neighborhood. three families from England arived
last week. they came in aschoner from new york.
landed at anahuac. was treated with the greates
kindness by the Mexican custom house officer.
there were thwenty or thirty of them some went
to liberty on the trinity river. one widow woman
with ason and daughter she is adress maker and
milliner, she stoped at Harris-burg. is very much
disappointed as she had brought astock of
millinery goods from new york with the
expectation of finding Harrisburg alarge City.
three familiel ofthtem came to our neighborhood.
they met mr. Cote with his big wagon in Harris-
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