252 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A RECONNOISSANCE IN TEXAS IN 1846
A. W. MOoRE (?)
Crossed the Mississippi at Rodney on the 9th of May 1846.
Traveled 12 miles on the levy. Land and crops fine. Some
quite foul-turned to the right along a lane at the one Mile
post-traveled say 2 miles N W-turned to the left leaving a
farm on the right. Crossed little Choctaw Byiou on a bridge-
traveled up Big Choctaw Byiou say 5 miles. Crossed at Bulins
ferry thence N W to Martins plantation then west to Mrs Days
ferry on Tensaw total distance 38 miles. Land fine mostly of a
black stiff soil subject to inundation from 1 to 12 ft out from
the sloughs timber ash percons Walnut hack berry Mulberry
1The history of this diary is given in the following letter:
Port Lavaca, Texas,
July 6, 1917.
Doctor E. C. Barker,
Dear Doctor Barker:
I am mailing under separate cover the M'S. which I spoke to you about
a few days ago. It is the diary kept by my grandfather when he came to
'Texas in 1846, as you will observe in the first line of the M'S. If you
wish to publish it in the QUARTERLY, as you suggested, you will have to
do some editing, I think. Capitalization and punctuation are especially
poor, though in the main the spelling is good. He was a very well edu-
cated man, so I think this carelessness is due largely to the conditions
under which the writing was done. He told me that he often jotted
down these lines while sitting cross-legged on his horse, or by some dim
camp-fire. You will observe, too, that the point of view is merely that
of a plain Mississippi planter looking for a good location.
My grandfather was the late T. C. Moore, of West Point, Fayette
'County, Texas. He came to Texas first in 1846, when he explored the
country .and decided upon a location. It was not until 1850 that he
brought his family and slaves, settling in Bastrop County. In 1855, he
moved to West Point, Fayette 'County, where he owned a large planta-
tion. He lived at West Point until his death, in 1897. Before coming
'to Texas, he lived on a plantation of the Tombigbee River in Mississippi,
IW. D. MOORE.
P. S. You will observe that the last few pages of this book do not
relate to the subject matter. Evidently some plantation data were jotted
down at a later date.-W. D. M.
It seems evident from the entries of June 13 and June 19 that T. C.
Moore was not the writer of this journal, as Mr. W. D. Moore supposed.
The inference therefore is that it was probably written by A. W. Moore.
--E. C. B.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/. Accessed March 16, 2014.