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ing more, without authority or command. On the frontier of Texas, to which he was assigned, his duties were arduous and dangerous; and, as has been suggested, General Johnston accepted the office because he regarded it as a stepping-stone to service in the line. More than once he seemed on the point of attaining this end by exchange with a major of the line, but each time he was disappointed. So much had his health been impaired by the malaria of the Brazos bottom, that, on the 8th of April, 1850, while waiting orders at Galveston, he was obliged, at the suggestion of his superior officers, to ask a little indulgence before reporting for duty. He availed himself of this to take his family to Kentucky. The pay district assigned to him included the military posts from the river Trinity to the Colorado. He selected Austin as his home on account of its healthfulness, natural beauty, pleasant society, and proximity to his district. Some of his old friends had settled there, whic