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on T. Green at the Planter's Bank, drawn in favor of W. H. Simms, who will endorse without charging commission.  Saw Dan'l Ward, of Culpeper, who has just arrived, going to settle a plantation for G. W. Latham.  Saw also John Dean; says he now lives in ----- County, Miss., and is a planter.

Memorandum to obtain at Clinton a memorandum of the townships that have not been offered for sale, to be marked on the general map of the district.

An old raftsman who had his camp on Bogue Phaliah thinks there is some excellent land in T. 17 R. 6 W.  Scott thinks the sections are 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27.  Chewning recommends looking at 15/3, 15/4, 16/3 and 16/4 W.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 1835

Intended today to go to Clinton to correct my maps and get some new ones.  Met Dr. Barnet, who said he would tomorrow bring me Dr. Birchet's horse, which I might use until the Doctor returns from Virginia; determined to wait until tomorrow for the horse, rather than hire one at $2 per day, which is the regular price here.  Sorry to lose the good weather, which is very fine today.  Got some more maps, and continued copying until a late hour.  Scott and Farish packed up, and are ready to start in a steamboat which goes tomorrow morning.  Scott wrote letters until a late hour.  The two uniform companies paraded again this evening, preparing for the reception of the Natchez Fencibles, which are to visit here on the 11th.  Sorry that my trip to Clinton will prevent my seeing them.  The two companies today turned out about fifty.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 1835

It rained heavily during the night, and in the morning everything was wet and uncomfortable.  This is a very moist climate; everything feels wet, and grey mould, or mildew, is observable everywhere.  Scott and Farish left us about 10 o'clock, in the steamboat Walk in the Water.  They will make a short stop in Natchez, and then proceed up Red River, Scott to settle a plantation on that river, and to return here in a few weeks.  He is full of hope and pleasing anticipation, of course, in fine spirits.  Poor Farish is rather low.  His destination was for Texas.  The state of the country there discourages him.  He is in doubt and perplexity.  His way does not appear so attractive as at the outset, and his heart sinks as he breaks one by one his connection with kindred and friends.  He appears to be a fine young man, amiable, and I trust will succeed.

The departure of our friends, a visit from Chewning, the bad weather, etc, prevented my going to church this forenoon.  Went in the afternoon to the Presbyterian church.  Minister a Mr. McRoberts, an indifferent orator, but apparently pious and unaffected man.  Congregation, twenty-six, and, what is uncommon, fewer women than men, being but six to twenty.  Text -----.  "We are


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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
Copyright 1997 William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas