Z. Matthews' Diary

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The Slanderer His heart is gold - his tongue is fire The Slanderer His heart is gold - his tongue is fire His soul too base for generous ire; His sword too keen for noble use; His shield and buckler are - abuse Z W [?] Z. W. [Mant?] Maj Chevallie Cap Lane Saltilla Mexico July Col Whiting Waugh

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Z.W.Matthews San Felipe

Friday May 21st 1846 Left home this morning for the purpose of joining the Army of Gen. Taylor on the Rio Grande. Went to F EngleKing's and Bat Hance. Stayed at Parson Kenneys got wet through by the rain. Saturday 23rd went to Travis expresly to meet Capt Railsy and others from the Brazoss but they failed in coming Started for Industry this evening and found Mr Hyman at Wood bound for the army Went to Mr [l?] and stayed all night with him Saturday 22

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Sunday May 24th in company with Mr Hyman went to Industry but found no one bound west Stayed at Graysons Monday 25 Left this evening in com pany of Mr Grayson Hyman Leon and myself went to the School house at Mr Adrianco's and camp ed. Monday 25 Left camp and looked through the German Settlement on Cummins Creek beautiful settlement crops fine this settlement is beautifully A beautifull situation rolling black pararies interspersed with groves of timber. from here to the Colorado river is a high black jack and post oak gravely region and of no value whatever. Stopped in Columbus 2 hours and wrote a letter home. We learn that the flies are very bad from here to Victoria went 6 miles to skull creek and stopped on account of the flies having to [build?] fires to smoke them off [?] the evening went through the [Post oaks?] 8 miles thence 4 miles [?] and camped near Acorn [?] [Sunday?] 26 1846 [This?][morning?] at the Navidad we

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overtook came up with 2 persons going to the army crossed the Navidad thence [through?] [postoaks?] some miles. Passed Foleys Plantation on the thence to the Lavacea at Mrs Hall= =ams where there is a store and grocery and blacksmith shop The Lavacea is about Equal to the Bernardo having no bottoms being pararie on the stream with post oaks bank near. Went 8 miles this evening to Mr Tandey's where we got corn for our horses with out charge Mr Tandey is from Washington County and a Brother in Law to Mr Heck The country except on a few small pararies of black land, is very poor Wednesday [May 27 1846?] This morning travelled 15 miles to a creek and [stopped?] and got our dinner I having killed a deer of which we took the hams. Finding fish in the creek we burned some needles and bent them for hooks and making some lines, we caught a fine lot of large trout and pearch broiled them for dinner they being very fine indeed. Camped in the Victoria pararie May 28th 1846 Arrived at Victoria at 10 oclock find it situated on the east side of the Gaudaloupe River the pararie coming to the River Victoria is a thriving Town containin

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