Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 109
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
burg. they inquired where they could rent houses
and land. he told them Mr. Stafford had two
vacant houses and it would be no trouble to rent
land. he brought them out. one man Mr. page
seemed to be the leader. Mr. Stafford told them
it was to late in the season to plant corn or Cotton
but they could use his houses free of charge till
next year. the men could hire out all the tim to
make rails cleare land and work at the saw-mill
in Harris-burg. Mr. page is avery smart man.
has awife and girl babe they all appear to be
good people but are sadly out of place in texas.
have elegant Clothing Silver ware and some fine
furniture not one of them know gny thing about
farming or Country life they all had been rasaied
in the City of london.
page 39 nine coninued the pritty English girl.
two of the english familiss are named Adkins
ome Mrs. Adkins awidow with a pritty daughter.
name Jane. she is lovely. dresses very fine. can
sing and play the guitar the boys have goin crazy
about her. leo Roark and Harvy Stafford came
to see Mother to get her to give aball so they
Could get acquaited with the English beauty. she
at fist refused but they teased and persuaded
Father till he said yes. the boy went from house
to house invitin the people. Mother soon got things
in order with help from her neighbors and the
happy day came. Harvy Stafford went to see
the pritty Miss Adkins. offer to bring ahorse and
side-saddle and escorte her to the ball. she could
not ride. never had rode ahorse there was nothing
he could do but use acart and oxen. there were
afine side saddle at his Fathers house it belonge
to his step Mother. when the young lady refused
to ride on horse back leo Roark borroved the
saddle and fetch his sweet heart miss mary
Hodge. Harvy Stafford had a negro man to drive.
he and Mr. Adkins three ladies and four Children
riding in the cart siting on common chairs with
raw hide seates. after all the trouble the boys
had the youg lady didnt dance but sang and plaid
the guitar. I didn't go to sleep that night for I had
not forgot going to sleep at our first ball. Well the
pritty english girl was very much admierd. dressed
in blue silk with artifical flowers in her hair. When
daylight came all went home wishing the night
had been six month's long.
pag 40 May 1835
our English neighbors are going to move. they all
are sick and discouraged. Father advised them
to go to Columbia Mr. Stafford will take them
has to send his wagon to Brazoria for cotton gin
Machinery. the English have plenty of money
but itis gold and they cant change it theres but
little money in the country. When the farmers
sell theire cotton they don't get much money but
dry goods grcerys powder lead and farming
implements. Father didnt get much money for
his practice. received cattle hogs. bought oxin
and a horse. a cow and calf pass for ten dollars
father sais if he could get a wagon he would be
welthy. we use the sleigh for visiting and light
hauling Father tells the young men that when thy
want to escorte theire sweethearts they can have
his sleight and oxen. the English Emeigrants have
gone the boys are heart broken since the pretty
English girl left. my sweeheart William Dyer was
true all the time he is eleven years old and I am
ten. he is Mr Dyers eldes son. was the bab in
arms when Mrs Dyer ran from the Indians. we
will have aschool soon. Mr Henson will open
school the first of June. will comence with the
girls and small children and as soon as the crops
are lade by all the young men will attende. Mrs
West will not send her little girls if Mr Bell's
Children attende. Father says he would be glad
if Bell would leave the neigborhood as there never
will be any peace while he and Mrs West live.
pag 41 June 1835 school and war
School commenced the first of June there is only
ten scholars. three girls and six boy and one young
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