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with him was not comme il faut, and the captain unceremoniously caused her to be put on shore, to return to the city as she could.  Below the falls passed Shipping Port, on the Kentucky side, and New Albany, on the Indiana side.  This day passed the mouth of the famous Salt River, where is a little town called West Point.  A great number of wagons and emigrants here, with sheep, etc., crossing the river into Indiana.  Passed, also, Buck Creek, Northampton, Indian Creek, etc., in Indiana, and Brandenburg, in Kentucky.  The captain is very cautious, and lay to at night near -----, on the Indiana side.  Hitherto I have enjoyed excellent health.  I now feel a little indisposed -- stomach disordered, and headache.  A little feverish.

Sunday, Octo. 18, 1835

The boat got under way at daylight.  I passed a restless and uncomfortable night, altho' I have a good berth, but rose at the usual hour, shaved, etc.; head and stomach very uncomfortable.  Chewed rhubarb, and ate a slight breakfast -- bad appetite.  Weather drisley and uncomfortable; it had rained hard during the night.  At 4 o'clock, came to Owensboro, or Yellow Banks.  Here we were joined by J. Scott, Hudgins and Farish.  R. Triplett and A. T. Burnley[ 1] came on board to see me, and expressed regret at my not stopping.  Phil. Triplett had gone to Breckenridge Ct.; he lives in Owensboro.  R. Triplett lives a few miles further up the river.  Came to at night on the Kentucky shore.  A number of wood-cutters came to the bank, and there was an encounter of wits, in the Kentucky boatman style, between them and the hands of our keel, and some of the deck passengers.  One of them preached a sermon and made a mock prayer, with all the external demonstrations of earnest devotion.  They also sung a mock hymn or two, with much vociferation.  My indisposition continues; but has not yet made me omit a meal, although my appetite is bad.  Stomach very squeamish and bowels a little affected -- I hope by the rhubarb.

Monday, Octo. 19, 1835

Boat started, as usual, at early day.  My uncomfortable feelings rather mitigated, but not removed.  Head still sympathizes with the stomach, which I apprehend is offended with the dinner that I ate in Louisville.  Besides eating of various things, drank one or two glasses of Madeira wine and one of Champagne.  Regret that I did not take medicine as soon as I felt unwell.  Today the steamboat Patrick Henry, which we left at Louisville, came down and passed us while we were at dinner.  I went out and recognized Mrs. Chewning and Jane, and exchanged a wave of handkerchiefs with them.  Did not see Mr. Ch., nor Mr. Carlin.  Before night the Patrick Henry stopt to wood, and we passed them; another wave of handkerchiefs.  Passed today Evansville and Mt. Vernon, in


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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas