ght a work on algebra in Cincinnati; but having no teacher it was Greek to me.
My life in Georgetown was uneventful.
From the age of five or six until seventeen, I attended the subscription schools of the village, except during the winters of 1836-7 and 1838-9.
The former period was spent in Maysville, Kentucky, attending the school of Richardson [Richeson] and Rand; the latter in Ripley, Ohio, at a private school.
I was not studious in habit, and probably did not make progress enough to ge boys in that day did, and in later life I have found that all adults are not free from the peculiarity.
I kept the horse until he was four years old, when he went blind, and I sold him for twenty dollars. When I went to Maysville to school, in 1836, at the age of fourteen, I recognized my colt as one of the blind horses working on the tread-wheel of the ferry-boat.
I have described enough of my early life to give an impression of the whole.
I did not like to work; but I did as much of i
An empire in territory, it had but a very sparse population, until settled by Americans who had received authority from Mexico to colonize.
These colonists paid very little attention to the supreme government, and introduced slavery into the state almost from the start, though the constitution of Mexico did not, nor does it now, sanction that institution.
Soon they set up an independent government of their own, and war existed, between Texas and Mexico, in name from that time until 1836, when active hostilities very nearly ceased upon the capture of Santa Anna, the Mexican President.
Before long, however, the same people — who with permission of Mexico had colonized Texas, and afterwards set up slavery there, and then seceded as soon as they felt strong enough to do so-offered themselves and the State to the United States, and in 1845 their offer was accepted.
The occupation, separation and annexation were, from the inception of the movement to its final consummation, a co