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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: Acknowledgments Introduction: Landscape with Figures I. Arrival in Texas-Galveston Bay-Laffite the Pirate-Mexican Prisoners-Shells-City of Galveston-Storm II. 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 Gap III. 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 Country IV. City of Houston-Bayou-Adjacent Country-Price of Lots-Immigration-Improvements-Price of Labor-Lumber-Accommodations-Beds-The Danger of Elevation-Provisions-Currency-Banks V. Occupation of the Citizens-Merchants-Price of Goods-Groceries-Dissipation-Gambling-Mechanics-Speculators-Soldiers' Discharges-Headrights-Riots and Affrays-First Sermon in Houston VI. The Duello-Death of Laurens-Tragic Fate of His Murderer VII. 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, etc VIII. Congress-Preparations-Message of the President-Taxation-Tariff-Opposition-Land Office-Members of Congress IX. Bexar-Preparations for a Journey-The Mexican Gourd-Departure-The Prairie-Encampment-An Incident-Insects-Theft-Lose Our Way-Difficulties of Traveling-Hospitality-Robbery X. 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 Adventure XI. A Texas Farmer-Deer of Texas-Journey through the Country-An Incident-The San Bernard-Night Traveling-The Colorado XII. Retrospect-Colorado-Columbus-Springs-Wells-Live Oak-Preparations for Our Journey-Plan of Travel-Mexicans-Superstition XIII. 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 Country XIV. San Antonio de Bexar-Dwelling Houses-Churches-San Antonio River-Fertility of the Valley-Products-Health of the Valley-Longevity of Its Population XV. Character of the People of San Antonio-The Mexicans Generally-Habits and Customs-Amusements XVI. The Alamo-The Siege-Colonel Crockett XVII. Face of the Country from the Rio Grande to the Sabine XVIII. Chief Towns of Texas-Vegetable Productions-Fruits-Flowers-Minerals-Wild Animals-Birds XIX. Climate-Diseases-Medicines-Nights-Prevailing Winds-General Health of Texas XX. A Replication to Doctor Channing's Letter to Mr. Clay XXI. Army, Navy, and Treasury of Texas-Land Laws-Government Scrip-Pecuniary Resources XXII. 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 Justice XXIV. Inducements to Immigration-Mechanical Employments-Lawyers-Relations with Mexico-Texian Indians XXV. Advice to Emigrants, as Regards Provision, Health, Location, etc.-Conclusion Notes Index
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Andrew Forest Muir.

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"...an unparalleled description of the Texas republic in its infancy, often with keen insight and humor." -- John H. Jenkins Basic Texas Books

 
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