On this date in our family history . . . the 3rd day of December . . . in the year 1843 . . . Elisha Roberts (1774-1844) has a visitor at his home in San Augustine County, Texas . . . this Elisha is a 4th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history blog . . . and this visit is documented in a diary that was kept by Nicholas Adolphus Sterne (ca. 1801-1852).
Sunday the 3d December 1843 at 7 A. M. got into the FerryBoat at McLanahan's Store and went down the Sabine landed in the Swamp on the left Bank of the Palo Gacho had to wade out. (and nearly Swimming) to get to dry Land-- paid Mr Cook $3.00 for our last nights Expences and ferriage-- very cheap-- waded trough mud, water, and morass-- to Elisha Roberts's where we were once more comfortable and at home.
Regarding the area of the Republic of Texas referred to here, I found the following in Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas (1841) at Google Books :-