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a land hunter named Isaac S. Boone, of Columbia, Chicot County, who says there is yet some good land, not entered, on Bayou Bartholomew and Bayou Mason.  His price, $200 per section, for showing.

Saturday, Octo. 24

The steamboat Revenue came down this evening, and I got on board, but finding my company had not come, I returned.  Major Flournoy, Dr. Carter, Miles, Boone, Gaston, etc., went off.

Sunday, Octo. 25, 1835

Had a long conversation this morning with Peter G. Rives, of Helena, a hunter.  His price for locating, one-fourth of the land.  He says that much of the military bounty lands are very good.  They lie between the Arkansas and St. Francis.  A speculation may be made in bounty land warrants.  The sales for taxes, which are made annually, are not good.  The owner may always regain possession by paying the expenses and 50 per cent damages.  The County Courts will set the sale aside.  Morehead, Flournoy and Sandford all concur in saying that sheriffs' sales do not pass an indefeasable title, but a purchaser is always safe.  If the land is reclaimed, he gets 50 per cent, and if never reclaimed, he will ultimately get a title by possession.  If the original owner of the patent finds his land badly located, not arable, he can claim another patent, or float, to be laid on good land.

Lovely claims are floats for 320 acres, given to the former citizens of what was Lovely County, in lieu of the settlements which they had made there, and which were taken from them when that county was surveyed and sold.  They now sell for about $1,000.  Col. Ashly is accused of having forged some of those claims, and has been indicted for it.

At 1 o'clock the steamboat Superior came down.  I had barely noticed enough to get my baggage down to the skiff, the boat lying off.  I was so certain that Scott, etc., were on board, that I made no inquiry until it was too late to retract.  They were not there, and J. M. Bernard had gone ashore, expecting to see me.  We passed on the bank without recognizing each other.  Found on board Lt. L. Smith, on his way to Fort Jessup.  Mrs. Dr. Ker and family, and Major Anderson Miller, to whom I had been introduced in Louisville.  He politely introduced me to several gentlemen, W. Nickolson, Mr. Worthington, Mr. Pearce, of New Orleans; the latter is the son-in-law of Dr. Ker -- a widower.  There was also on board a Col. Jeremiah Strode (he said his father and old John Strode, of Culpeper, were brother's children).  He was an officer in Harrison's command at the Battle of the Thames.  Major Miller recognized him.  He is now a surveyor in the Mexican service, and living in Texas.[ 1]  Had some conversation with him


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