F.B.E. Browne, 1851
Some of my favorites:
"No game or living animal lives here"
"Dry & as desolate as a Sahara"
"Here we were [??] hours without water. Thermometer 82º"
source: Wisley, Sean. "The Republic of Marfa." in Timothy McSweeney's Blues-Jazz Odyssey. New York: McSweeney's, spring 1999. p. 56.