The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 87
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
to remark that though the Chart is roughly drawn, I believe it's
general accuracy may be relied upon.
I also transmit herewith a. Sketch of the "Tobasco River" which
I have procured from Lieut Downing II. Crisp of the Texian Navy
who visited it in command of the Schooner "San Bernard" in
1841, in company with the Corvette "Austin"
This Gentleman is an Englishman by birth and the Son of an old
Commander in the Royal Navy-He has been well known to me
ever since I have been in Texas, and being able to speak to his good
character and sufficiency as a steady Officer and Seaman, I am
sure that reliance may be placed in his information as far as it
goes. Mr. Crisp did not visit Huasacalcos (about a degree and a
half to the Eastward of Alvarado) but one of his Brother Officers
did so, and reported 8 or 9 feet water on the Bar, and good naviga-
tion inside. I believe it is at this point that the Mexican Govt. has
projected a Canal to communicate with the "Chimalapa" upon the
Pacific side. I may perhaps mention to Your Lordship that in my
passage from England to this Country I became acquainted with
a very intelligent Spanish Gentleman who had been many years
in Mexico, and He assured me that the "Rio, Grande" or "Tololot-
lan" disemboguing at San Blas upon the Pacific, is navigable at
Seasons for a. long way, and speaking of it's practicability for
Commercial purposes, he said that he was satisfied there would be
no difficulty of getting up within easy distance of Guadalaxara, by
that river, in such Vessels as I described to him to be navigating the
Upper Ganges and Indus.-He also. spoke favorably of the Tampico
River and the land route from that point to San Luis de Potosi
(with very little expence) for commercial transport.
I have once more to offer Your Lordship my excuses for this in-
trusion, but not being sure that Her Majesty's Government may
have the same information, I have thought it right to transmit it.
I would also beg to add that I have no good Map of Mexico with
me, and am therefore unable to judge to what extent this informa-
tion is either superfluous or erroneous. I would take the liberty
to remark however, that if there is correctness in what I have heard
of the practicability of the "Tololotlan River" or indeed of any of
the Rivers disemboguing on the Pacific Shores of Mexico, there
would be no difficulty in despatching an effective Steam flotilla to
that part of the Coast of Mexico from Bengal and Bombay through
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