Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 37 of 432
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AND INTRODUCTORY REMARIKS.
of my situation. I was far from the land of my
birth-unknown to every soul on board-my friends,
unadvised of the particulars of my course, would, if
I perished, remain in ignorance of my fate. The
last reflection was of all the most painful. How
rapid is the action of the mind in situations of extreme
peril! The prominent events and scenes o
past life swept in review before me-and then came
the seemingly fast-approaching future. It is at such
a moment that a man discovers what he has been,
what he is, and what he ought to be.
The heavens were alternately death-dark and
blazing with electric fire; and I feared that the
lightning would strike the vessel. There were a
number of American emigrants on board, with their
wives and children, shaping their course for Texas.
While the officers of the vessel were assuring the
passengers that there was no danger, I learned that
part of the crew were taking possession of the boats.
I had conversed during the day with one of the
emigrant party-its leader apparently-a shrewd,
resolute-looking farmer, who. in commonl with some
of his companions, had his rifle on board. Having
provided myself with my travelling pistols and
swimming-belt, I proposed to this man to dislodge
the skulkers from the boats, and hold tllenl for the
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