The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 532
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the valley of the wild China water hole, and the pass of the
Castle Mountain, at which points water can be reached within
a few feet of the surface.
I beg leave to call your attention to the accessibleness of this
route to the Gulf coast.
Thoroughfares from middle, Eastern, and Northern Texas to
California, must connect with it at Fredericksburg or at some
other point on the Colorado Waters. From the south Cincho to
Austin, the highest navigable point upon any of the Western
rivers, by way of the mouth of San Saba, a direct and excellent
wagon road may be had, over one of the finest and most desirable
regions of country in Texas. The route indicated upon the map
is the trail travelled by ourselves, and as the emigrant companies
to whom I furnished guides, have by this time made a wagon
way quite to El Paso, and have no doubt shortened it in many
places.- this and the nature of the duty assigned, which was
merely to ascertain the practicability, and not to locate a route
renders a detailed report unnecessary- and were I disposed to
treat the subject more extendedly, I should not be able to do so
for want of data as I was not furnished with instruments, and
had to rely solely upon a pocket compass, for my bearings. Con-
sequently, it is impossible to give courses with exactness.
I am indebted to the courtesy and kindness of Messers Lucas
and Stevenson of El Paso, Don Ignacio Contrerero, and Don Santo
Sucero, Alcalde of San Eleazano-F. S. White Esqr. acting as
agent of the United States Government, afforded me considerable
aid in procuring animals for my return. The men under my con-
trol did their duty with steadiness and promptness. I would re-
spectfully recommend them to your consideration.-especially
Jim Shaw, and the Comanche Captain Guadaloupe-In Dr. John
S. Ford, I found an energetic and able assistant, the services ren-
dered by him were important to the successful termination of the
expedition. I cheerfully recommend him to your favorable notice.
Very respectfully Genl.
I have the honor to be
Your Obt. Servt.
(Signed) Robt. S. Neighbors
General Wm S. Harney U. S. A. Special Ind. Agt. U. S.
Com. of 8th Mil. Dept., San Antonio.
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