The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 29
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847
ledge of soft lime stone, extends across the bed of the river. It is
said to be fast washing away. The fall is not greater now than
eight or ten feet. The water in this region is brackish, some of
it chalibeate and all tastes [of] glauber salts. After crossing
the bottom again enter'd these almost boundless prairies. Land
as north of the river, rich black loam, mixed with coarse black
sand, gravel and shells. Very few flies on this side of the river:
yesterday our horses were nearly devoured by them. IHad two
chases after buffalow today, but kill'd none, we have seen but
few, and they in small bands. They have been much hunted by
the whites, Comanches, Tankwas and other indians lately. Plenty
of water for horses today, but none fit to drink untill late in the
evening, we crossed a beautiful clear creek. Travelled six miles
after dark to Briants the first from where we started in the morn-
ing, a distance of 40 miles. We meet numbers of the Texan
volunteers returning who have been discharged. from the account,
of prospects ahead, starvation awaits us, man and horse at San
Antonio, and on the Rio Grand. I learn from them, that the Ky.
Regiment is order'd on account of the scarcity of forage and pro-
visions down to Labaca Bay distant from San Antonio 170 miles.
Briant with whom we stay tonight was visited by a party [of]
Comanches indians and robed of nearly everything he had. 12
miles to his nearest neighbors.
18th. Crossed little river this morning, a clear deep rapid
stream 20 miles to Brushy creek, no timber on the prairie between
these streams. Land rich and gently rolling. Brushy a clear
rapid stream with high banks and well timber'd bottoms. It is
about 6 miles to the confluence of the two streams which is in full
view. The land rises from the streams on either side as well as
from their confluence very gradually. In the center it rises into
a beautiful mound from which you can behold the windings of
both streams for several miles, marked by the line of timber
bordering them. The beautiful plain streaches out from your feet,
carpeted with grass of the most delicate green, - dotted heare and
there with patches of the dwarf sun-flower, or yellow oat grass.
The slanting rays of the declining sun li[gh]ted the whole with a
soft and mellowed light, - a gentle breeze swept at intervals by,
converting, as if by magic the surrounding plain into a waving
sea, of gold and green. In the distance, a bright column of the
blue smoke rising from the grove, on the bank of the St. Gabriel
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