and hope to finish the field-work by the end of that month at furthest.
Then I shall sell out my boats, and go to Galveston
and make out my reports and maps.”
On the 18th of April, Captain McClellan
addressed to General Totten
a report of the result of the surveys on the coast of Texas
, as far as they had then been completed.
It embraces the bars along the coast from Paso Cavallo to the mouth of the Rio Grande
, the harbors of Brazos Santiago
, Corpus Christi
, Aranzas, and Paso Cavallo, and the inland channel from Matagorda Bay
to Aranzas Bay.
It is printed in the Executive Documents
of the first session of the Thirty-Third Congress,--a brief and business-like document, containing plans and suggestions for improving the harbors designated, with estimates of the probable expenses.
But before the date of his Report he had received information of his having been assigned to a more congenial field of duty; for in a letter to his brother, dated Indianola
, April 7, 1853, he tells him that he has been offered the charge of a portion of one of the Pacific Railroad surveys recently authorized by Congress, to start from Puget Sound
and to go through the Cascade Mountains
to St. Paul
on the Mississippi
, and adds, “As the results of the surveys are to be presented to Congress during the ensuing February, the time will be limited; and I can never have a better opportunity of seeing California
: so I did not hesitate a moment in determining to accept ”