Governor-elect, T. O. Moore, who would soon succeed him in his office as Governor and president ex officio; and advised me to go at once to Alexandria, and put myself in communication with Moore and the supervisors.
Accordingly I took a boat at Baton Rouge, for the mouth of Red River.
The river being low, and its navigation precarious, I there took the regular mail-coach, as the more certain conveyance, and continued on toward Alexandria.
I found, as a fellow-passenger in the coach, Judge Henry Boyce, of the United States District Court, with whom I had made acquaintance years before, at St. Louis, and, as we neared Alexandria, he proposed that we should stop at Governor Moore's and spend the night.
Moore's house and plantation were on Bayou Robert, about eight miles from Alexandria.
We found him at home, with his wife and a married daughter, and spent the night there.
He sent us forward to Alexandria the next morning, in his own carriage.
On arriving at Alexandria, I put up at