Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 39 of 432
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AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.
in the steamer Columbia. The weather was deliglitful,
the accommodations excellent, and the
master of the vessel (Mr. Henry Windle) orderly,
unassuming, aiid scrupulously attentive to the comfort
of his passengers. We reached our destination
in forty-eight hours; and the hotels and boardinghouses
being crowded, I remained for a day or two
on board the Columbia. Having mingled freely
with all sorts of people, and roamed over the low
sandy shores of the island, I proceeded in a steamer
to Houston, at that time the seat of government.
After examining the character of the soil, and
inquiring into the general resources of the country,
I directed my attention to the government, religion,
laws, police, and manners. I found a stable government,
religion respected, laws well administered,
protection afforded to property and person, and the
general tone of manners the same as in the United
States. Every facility for acquiring information
was cheerfully given by President Lamar and the
members of his Cabinet. Astonished to perceive a
condition of things so entirely different from what I
had been led to expect by the people and press of
the Northern States, I intimated an intention to
publish a work on the Republic, on my return to
England, for the purpose of explaining its true po
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/39/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .