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Arrived at Mr. White's, on Yazoo, before night.  He received us with the same kindness as before.  He is making great progress in opening his plantation and preparing dwellings for his people.  Supposes it will take him three years to put the place in full operation, when he proposes to leave it to his son and nephew to manage, and go himself to Red River!  So we go.

Monday, Dec. 7, 1835

Left White's after breakfast, and crossed the Yazoo at Beale's saw mill, several miles below Manchester.  After going a mile, discovered that Hudgins, who had charge of the gun today, had left it on the other side of the river, and he had to go back for it.  I had hitherto been the fool of the party in leaving things and making mistakes, and had consequently been laughed at.  This was a heavy item against Hudgins, and placed the balance of account against him.  Lost our way, turned back could not cross a bayou; had to go round, by which our progress was small today.  Stopt at a little place on the Yazoo, called Liverpool.  Saw but one decent looking man in it, a Mr. Jasper Powlis, who keeps a store there.  He treated us very kindly, gave us a nice relish and brandy toddy, and would take no pay.  He is a New Yorker, and his wife a Philadelphian.  He has been sick, at the point of death twice this summer, and would probably have died but for his wife's nursing.  He will not stay there long.  We stopt at night by chance at a little house on the roadside, owned by a man named Haile, who came from Kentucky.  Gave us fine fare, good bread, milk, butter, and good, substantial meats.  He has been successful, and is vain and boastful.  Charged us $1.50 for supper, lodging, breakfast and horse.

Tuesday, December 8, 1835

Left Haile's after breakfast, and having found the river road hilly and difficult, we regained the ridge road, and after a pretty hard day's ride arrived at Vicksburg just at night.  Found an entire new set at the tavern.  Prentiss has nearly lost his life by swallowing broken glass with his wine when drinking.  It cut his throat and festered.  He is now out of danger.  H. A. Board dropt a pistol, which went off and shot him in the foot.  And another poor fellow had a gun discharged into his arm accidentally.  They were handing it out of a boat on the Sun Flower.  The gun dropt and went off.  He was sent here in a boat, and it was days before the wound was dressed.  The arm could not then be saved, and had to be amputated.  Received two letters from Mrs. Gray.

Wednesday, December 9, 1835

Rainy all day.  Nothing done.

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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