The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 25
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 25
[The New York Herald, June 29, 1836]
ALMONTE'S JOURNAL-NO. 5
We continue our translations from this interesting journal.
Some of the distant papers doubt the authenticity of this curious
document. Fools! what do they imagine us to be? The old line
newspaper editors in this and every other large city, have
entered into a league to discountenance and run down the small
daily press. Now it happens that I was for years an editor of
the largest paper in the country, and had to cut my connections
with these pompous blockheads, because they were too ignorant
and too stupid to make any improvement in newspapers, or
to know what talent was. The efficiency of the Parisian press
of New York, will soon be universally acknowledged.
As to the authenticity of Almonte's Journal, the original
went on yesterday to Washington, to be exhibited to his Ex-
cellency, the President of the United States.
The following portion brings the Mexican army down to
the banks of the Colorado:-
Thursday, March 17th.-A Courier Extraordinary was des-
patched to Tolsa and Sesma, and to Matamoras; one for Mexico
will start to-morrow; by it go my letters for Mexico and the
United States; I could not start to-day, because the mules did
not arrive in time.
Friday, 18th.-At 10 A. M. we started from Bejar; at 3
leagues from Cibelo [Cibolo], we met a soldier of the company of
Bejar, with dispatches from the President; he said that General
Sesma left yesterday (17th) for San Felipe. General Tolsa started
this afternoon from Cibelo; it was supposed he will not reach
Carrizo; one and a half leagues before reaching Cibelo, we
saw a large drove of horses; at half past 5 P. M., we arrived
at Cibelo; encamped on the side towards Bexar about 100 yards
from the river; on the other side, the grass was burnt, and the
track of two persons on foot, who had been down to the river;
nothing occurred during the night; we passed Rosio creek and
the Tinaja; day windy and rainy.
Saturday, 19th.-At 8 A. M., left Cibelo. To the Tinaja or
El Cuchillo, four leagues; to the stream of Carrizal, four leagues,
-making eight leagues. We arrived at half past 3 P. M. It
rained during the march. About a league and a half before
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