Frank Brown in his Annals of Travis County and the City of Austin, Vol. 6, page 63, describes Sam Houston and Robert McAlpin Williamson (Three-Legged Willie) in early 1840 ascending the peak by then named Mount Bonnell. Surveying the view together Houston said, “Upon my soul, Williamson, this must be the very spot where Satan took our Savior to show and tempt Him with the riches and beauties of the world.” To which Williamson responded, “Yes, General, and if Jesus Christ had been fallible, He would have accepted his Satanic majesty’s proposition.”
What else transpired during their conversation? Might Houston have said, “I understand this magnificent peak was named for that Lamar Loving George Bonnell who publishes those vile things about me.” or alternatively, “This peak was named for my good friend Joseph Bonnell who contributed so much to our independence.”?
So far we have been unable to identify the source of Brown’s reference. It does not appear in Brown’s Annals, nor in his appendices at the Briscoe CAS. No help from Duncan W. Robinson's biography Three-Legged Willie, the Williamson, McLennon and Milam County Historical Commissions, a couple of Williamson's descendants, Madge Roberts or Denton Florian.
Does anyone have an idea where else we might find that source reference?