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Thursday, Dec. 10, 1835

Still rainy, and Hudgins is prevented from going to Clinton to enter our lands.  A cotillion party here last night.  About forty ladies and as many gentlemen.  Hon'l Mr. Jennifer and Col. Legrand, of Maryland, among the gayest of the guests.  A very fair assembly, orderly and sober.  No noise or disturbance whatever.  Wrote to Mrs. Gray.

Friday, Dec. 11, 1835

Rain having ceased, Hudgins started this morning for Clinton.  A number of gents. arrived last night from Virginia: Dr. P. Thornton and H. F. Thornton, from Maryland; a Mr. Freeman, Lancaster, two Pyes, Southron, Col. Causin, Dr. Dare, Dr. Edw'd Johnson, Mr. Graham, Mr. Erskine of Baltimore, and Sam'l P. Carson,[ 3]  also from Baltimore, formerly of Alexandria. 

Received a letter from my wife of Nov. 20.  Wrote to T. G.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 1835

Great negotiating for land and Negroes among the newcomers.  Some of them disgusted and disheartened.  No sales made today.  I have been much interested and informed by listening to their calculations and propositions.  This has been a fine, clear day.  My health uncommonly good, and my spirits buoyant.  The operations going on around me excite me, and I cannot help feeling the contagion, and want to be dealing in tens and hundreds of thousands.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 1835

The negotiations for land and Negroes continue with unabated ardor.  Went to the Methodist Church.  Indifferent sermon from a stranger.  Good congregation.  In the evening Hudgins returned from Clinton, disappointed and dispirited.  All the land he intended entering had been entered while we were examining them.  So we go.  Better luck next time.  Fine weather.

Monday, Dec. 14, 1835

Fine, clear day; health good, but spirits bad; uncertain how to proceed.  Mr. Southron has bought an estate, eight miles from town, 950 acres, 500 opened, sixteen good or bad Negroes, fifty hogs, fifty oxen, good dwelling and all other necessary houses, including gin, in good order, $60,000, one-third cash, one-third in one year, one-third in two years.  Land estimated at $50 per acre.  Considered a good purchase.  The Pyes have also bought near him, at $30 per acre; purchase not so good.  Dare has also bought, and has already been offered $4,000 for his bargain.  Wrote to T. G.

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