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Texas in 1837 : an anonymous, contemporary narrative

Author: Andrew Forest Muir
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Forest Muir
ISBN: 0292780990 9780292780996
OCLC Number: 18695699
Notes: Originally published serially in the Hesperian, Sept. 1838-Apr. 1839, under the title: Notes on Texas.
Description: xxi, 232 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portrait ; 23 cm
Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Landscape with FiguresI. Arrival in Texas-Galveston Bay-Laffite the Pirate-Mexican Prisoners-Shells-City of Galveston-StormII. Start for Houston-The Country-Oysters-Fish-Redfish Bar-Towns-Alligators-New Washington-Colonel Morgan-Surrounding Country-Price of Lands-Floats-Santa Anna-Point Pleasant-Almonte-Aunt Peggy's GapIII. Lynchburg-A Scene before the Battle-Buffalo Bayou-San Jacinto-Texian Camp-Field of Battle-Vinces Bayou-A Drunkard-Pokersville-Encampment-Events of the War-Harrisburg-Journey by Land-The CountryIV. City of Houston-Bayou-Adjacent Country-Price of Lots-Immigration-Improvements-Price of Labor-Lumber-Accommodations-Beds-The Danger of Elevation-Provisions-Currency-BanksV. Occupation of the Citizens-Merchants-Price of Goods-Groceries-Dissipation-Gambling-Mechanics-Speculators-Soldiers' Discharges-Headrights-Riots and Affrays-First Sermon in HoustonVI. The Duello-Death of Laurens-Tragic Fate of His MurdererVII. First Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto-Celebration-The Liberty Pole-A Perilous Feat-The Oration-President Houston-The Ball-Indian Council and Dance, etcVIII. Congress-Preparations-Message of the President-Taxation-Tariff-Opposition-Land Office-Members of CongressIX. Bexar-Preparations for a Journey-The Mexican Gourd-Departure-The Prairie-Encampment-An Incident-Insects-Theft-Lose Our Way-Difficulties of Traveling-Hospitality-RobberyX. Description of the Country-The Brazos River-A Scene upon the Prairie-A Herdsman-Texas Market-Laws-Incidents of the War-Escape of Our Horses-A Journey on Foot-A Texian-Progress of Settlement-A Night AdventureXI. A Texas Farmer-Deer of Texas-Journey through the Country-An Incident-The San Bernard-Night Traveling-The ColoradoXII. Retrospect-Colorado-Columbus-Springs-Wells-Live Oak-Preparations for Our Journey-Plan of Travel-Mexicans-SuperstitionXIII. Merchant of San Antonio-Country from Columbus to the La vaca-The Lavaca-A Prospect-Country to the Guadalupe-Gonzales-An Original-Bee Hunt-Philosophy-Fissures in the Earth-Sheep CountryXIV. San Antonio de Bexar-Dwelling Houses-Churches-San Antonio River-Fertility of the Valley-Products-Health of the Valley-Longevity of Its PopulationXV. Character of the People of San Antonio-The Mexicans Generally-Habits and Customs-AmusementsXVI. The Alamo-The Siege-Colonel CrockettXVII. Face of the Country from the Rio Grande to the SabineXVIII. Chief Towns of Texas-Vegetable Productions-Fruits-Flowers-Minerals-Wild Animals-BirdsXIX. Climate-Diseases-Medicines-Nights-Prevailing Winds-General Health of TexasXX. A Replication to Doctor Channing's Letter to Mr. ClayXXI. Army, Navy, and Treasury of Texas-Land Laws-Government Scrip-Pecuniary ResourcesXXII. Moses Austin's Negotiations with the Mexican Government-The First Land Grant-Subsequent Grants-Land Claims, Titles, etc. XXIII. The Constitution and Laws-Administration of JusticeXXIV. Inducements to Immigration-Mechanical Employments-Lawyers-Relations with Mexico-Texian IndiansXXV. Advice to Emigrants, as Regards Provision, Health, Location, etc.-ConclusionNotesIndex
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Andrew Forest Muir.


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" unparalleled description of the Texas republic in its infancy, often with keen insight and humor." * Basic Texas Books *

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