Part 3, Note 28

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Paul Carl Boethel, A History of Lavaca County (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1959), p. 100; Richard S. Hunt and Jesse F. Randel, A New Guide to Texas (New York: Sherman & Smith, 1845), p. 53; Ferdinand Roemer, Texas, trans. Oswald Mueller (San Antonio: Standard Printing Company, 1935. Reprint. Waco: Texian Press, 1967), p. 81; Alwin H. Sörgel, A Sojourn in Texas, 1846-1847, trans. Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski (San Marcos: German-Texan Heritage Society, 1992), pp. 43, 222. In their advertisement in the [Houston] Morning Star of January 9, 1840, the proprietors of Columbus had claimed that there were 500 people and 60 buildings then in town. Obviously, they were exaggerating. People may certainly have left the city in the intervening five years, but it is unlikely that they would have deigned to destroy their houses as they left. A hurricane struck Galveston in September 1842, and did rather a lot of damage, however there is no evidence to suggest that it proceeded any distance inland (see Telegraph and Texas Register, September 21, 1842, September 28, 1842, October 5, 1842, or [Houston] Morning Star, September 24, 1842, September 29, 1842).