Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 95 of 432
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between the breakers, whlich is the direction across the bar,
affording two feet more water than is usually found, at the
same stages of the tide, on the line navigated by the former
pilot, that is, if we take the direction of his beacons as the
range in which he usually crossed. I have, however,
judged it prudent to reduce all the soundings to the
standard of lowest water, lest accident might happen to
vessels navigating by the chart. I find that, at present,
there are three anchorages immediately within the pass,
which will answer the temporary wants of vessels either
entering or departing, should winds or tides render a short
delay advisable; though they are very subject to sudden
changes from the shifting of the shoals bordering the
islands and peninsula, and are therefore not to be depended
on. After passing through the channel, between
the " middle ground" and " west shoal," the course to the
town anchorage is parallel to the peninsula, is of easy access,
and affords a good holding ground. It is amply protected
by the peninsula, mainland, and Dogo Island Bar. By a trigonometrical
observation, I ascertained that the position of
an anchored vessel, drawing eight feet, was within four miles
and two-thirds of the town-landing.
"I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,
" With much respect,
c Your obedient servant,
"W. D. WALLACH, C. E."
Judicious improvement in the bay and landing,
with the removal of the obstructions to the navigation
of the Colorado, which may be effected at an
easy expenditure, would secure to Matagorda a
first-rate position as a commercial dep6t. Its centrality,
and its situation, with respect to the highly
productive sections of the interior, impart to it
peculiar and important advantages.
South-west of the main pass lies Matagorda
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/95/: accessed June 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .