JULY 16TH, 1865: The more he saw of Mexico the more Matthew Fontaine Maury became convinced that emigration of Confederates there would prove a blessing. In all his many large undertakings through life, Maury worked with the welfare of mankind in general in his heart.
Emigration, he thought, would benefit his fellow Confederates who here could lead useful, productive lives, instead of languishing in mouldy dungeons like Mallory and Davis. Emigration would also benefit Mexico. The leadership able, educated men of energy and vision could provide might work wonders.