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level to a fault; streets at right angles, and very little inequality in the surface, and that little they are making less.

Fell in with John B. Shepherd, who is living with -----, and gets $700 per annum, $200 of which he pays for board; also with Robt. Hume, who is likewise here at a salary of $500.  The barkeeper is a son of Bartlett Guthrie, and gets $720 per annum.  There are many Virginians here.  Saw G. M. Long, who is married a second time, lives in Louisville, and went down in the steamboat Boston today.  Also saw his brother, B. B. Long.  Saw Mr. Arthur H. Wallace, of New Orleans, who very politely pressed me to call on him in New Orleans. 

Dr. H. Hall is physician to the Hospital here -- a good berth.  Could not call to see him.  John S. Allison is also doing business here -- Allison & Anderson.  Saw Wm. D. Payne; he has married a lady of wealth; lives out of the city; practices law.

Saturday, Octo. 17, 1835

The Algonquin did not steam yesterday.  To start this morning at 9, positively.  Got baggage on board after breakfast; on wharf met Mr. Carlin.  The family just arrived in the Patrick Henry.  She lay at Cincinnati while I was there, but did not then know they were on board.  Mr. C. went with me to H. B. Hill & Co.; introduced him to Hill and to W. Cox.  Hill gave me a letter to ----- Pescard, Esq., Vicksburg.  Went on board Patrick Henry and saw Mrs. Chewning, Jane and little Sylvan.  Mr. Chewning on shore; did not see him.  Mrs. Carlin has been sick; looks badly.  While thus occupied, the Algonquin started from the wharf and left me.  But I knew she would be delayed in passing the canal and locks, and that I might there overtake her.  Mr. Carlin walked with me down to the canal.  The Algonquin did not get through the locks until half past 12 o'clock.  Several large steamboats are lying below the falls, being refitted and repaired, viz., the Mediterranean, Homer, etc.  They are of the largest class.  The Algonquin is a second-rate boat.  She measures 240 tons, and will carry 350 -----.

The weather, for several days past, has been excessively warm.  We have a large number of passengers, upwards of 100, and accommodations for only about half that number (some 60 or 70 passengers also on the deck below); only 28 berths in the cabin; 10 state-rooms of 2 berths each; and, I suppose, 8 or 10 berths in ladies' cabin.  We have about 25 or 30 ladies and several children.  I fear we shall be uncomfortably crowded.  I have a good berth.  We had a pleasant company from Cincinnati to Louisville -- a number of ladies from Pittsburg.  They had been very merry, and some of the ladies sang agreeably for an hour or two in the evening, in which I joined them. 

While passing the locks, a passenger who had come on board at Louisville informed the captain that one of the lady passengers that he had brought down

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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