Texas, Texans and the Alamo

Reminiscences of Mary Rabb   Reminiscences of Mary Rabb.
(two pages) From the Mary Rabb Family
Papers, The Center for American History.

Mary Crownover Rabb came to Texas in 1823 at age eighteen with her husband, infant, and about sixteen head of cattle. She and her baby made the trip aboard Tormentor, a large grey horse, which she rode sidesaddle. Mary recalled her trip and life in Austin's colony in these reminiscences, written in 1875. In it she describes her "first Texas house," with its earthen floor, and her new spinning wheel, which she kept "whising" so that she would not hear "the Indians walking around hunting for mischieaf [sic]."

Texan Universal Pills, Houston: Printed at
the Telegraph Office, 1838.
From the Broadside
Collection, The Center for American History.
  Texan Universal Pills

James B. Gilman's advertisement promotes a popular nostrum and remedy for the chills, fevers, and "bilious attacks of every kind" suffered by Republic of Texas citizens. Gilman states that although he regards it as a "foul aspersion" that Texas is an unhealthy country, his pills are prepared with "particular adaption" to its climate.

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