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ambassadors from God; and pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."  After tea visited Mrs. Chewning.  Read and wrote until 11 o'clock.  Barnett has not come with the horse.

Monday, Nov. 9, 1835

A fine day.  Barnett not yet come, and I am disappointed in going to Clinton today.  Continue copying maps.  About 11 o'clock the steamboat ----- came up, with the Natchez Fencibles on board; come to pay a visit to the Volunteers of Vicksburg.  They were invited for the 11th, and their arrival today was unexpected.  And some delay took place in getting the Vicksburg companies under arms to receive them.  They landed between 12 and 1 o'clock, and after exchanging salutes, both firing and marching, were escorted by the Vicksburg companies to the Vicksburg Hotel, where apartments were provided for them at the expense of the Vicksburg Volunteers.  Their arrival seems to have produced a relaxation among many of the citizens, who indulged freely in drinking.  The tavern is a scene of riotous mirth, drunkenness and noise.  The military, however, behaved very well.  Before night the Fencibles paraded for drill, and marched to the court house yard.  Commanded by Capt. Quitman, a lawyer of high standing, formerly chancellor of the State.  Appears to be a man of firmness, and a gentleman, but not a good drill officer; voice and manner both bad.[ 5]  Lt. Loria, smart, active, soldiery, better drill officer than the Captain.  Capt. Guyon, of the Vicksburg Volunteers, did not turn out; said to be sick; the men say he neglects the company and seldom drills it.  Commanded by Lt. BrunGaard, a good officer; Dr. Jackson, Sec. Lt.  The rifle corps commanded by Capt. Bobb.  A number of young ladies came up from Natchez, and at night they had a little dance in the tavern parlor, on the carpet.  The Fencibles have a small black band, who play pretty well, but lack instruments.  The Vicksburg companies also have a band, composed of a father and three sons -- boys -- named Tetlow; very indifferent.  The blacks make excellent music for the ball room.  Ladies dance prettily, but are not handsome.

MEMO. -- Request Peter to reserve for me all that remains of the ream of thin bank paper in his Uncle Robert's store.

Barnett has arrived with the horse, and I will go to Clinton tomorrow.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1835

Engaged all the morning negotiating with an old raftsman, who has engaged to show us lands, subject to entry.  We are to equip and accompany him to the woods.  All the afternoon it rained heavily, so could not go to Clinton.  Dined by invitation with the Volunteers and Fencibles, at 4 o'clock p.m., at the exchange.  Dinner given by former to the latter.  The only others present in citizens' dress


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