besides myself were Mr. Prentiss, the member-elect from Vicksburg, Major McNiel, and Mr. Angus McNiel,[ 6] of Natchez. Capt. Quitman presided, contrary to all rule. Angus McNiel was the former partner of J. J. Chewning, "Wilkinson, McNiel & Co.," that failed about ----- ago. The concern is now nearly wound up, and will come out whole, and something to spare. He is a large landholder in Texas. Has travelled all over Texas, and is said to know of the country than any other person in this State. A very intelligent man, but visionary. Major McNiel says his views are at least twenty-five years in advance of the state of things.
The military extremely boisterous, but great good feeling seems to prevail. Prentiss was toaster; made a speech; interrupted by the arrival of a reinforcement of Fencibles, who have just arrived in another boat. He waited until they were seated, and then went on with his speech. Declamatory, vehement -- ad captandum -- bad taste. Reputed a man of first rate talents. Think him overrated. Dining party broke up by command of the Captain about 6 o'clock. Returned to their quarters in order. House crowded. Major McNiel slept in our room. He and I sat up talking until 2 o'clock.
[Memo on inside back cover]
MEMO. GIVEN BY T. GREEN. -- At Nacogdoches get all the information about Texas lands, in what grants the titles are best, and where are the most desirable lands, headrights and 11-league grants. Do not be in too great a hurry, but examine well, and be very particular. See the information of Thompson about the purchase of lands. Keep a diary. Write T. G. frequently, with a particular description of each tract of land, both before and after a purchase, with the field notes.
Route received by T. G. -- Down the Nueces and Snow River, and on the Trinity, then on towards Austin's Colony, and Robinson's and Williams' grant.[ 7]