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Friday, Dec. 18, 1835

Weather warm and threatening rain.  Received a letter from Mrs. Gray, dated as late as 28th November.[ 1]  Wrote, copied maps, and adjusted accounts.  H. F. Thornton, Col Causin, etc., starting for Red River, to go by Placquemine and Opelousas, etc.  My health continues very good, but much in doubt how to proceed in my business.  Hudgins equally undecided.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1835

Warm and threatening rain; have taken a severe cold in the head.  Saw a fellow near getting lynched today, and he well deserved it.  A Mr. Lindsey had carelessly left on the desk in the bar room a purse containing $70, which Dr. Edw'd Johnson, of Missouri, picked up.  This fellow, whose name was Saunders, claimed it, and took it off.  The falsehood being discovered, he was pursued, brought back, and after many falsehoods, finding he was detected, he acknowledged the turpitude of the transaction, and begged forgiveness.  He had spent $41 of the money.  They made him pledge a gold watch and chain until he raised the money.  This he did by borrowing it of his father's merchant; he paid up the whole $70, and was permitted to escape with a whole skin.  His father is a wealthy planter of Madison County, and his brother collector of the county.  Commenced raining at night.  I shall go to Clinton tomorrow.

Sunday, Dec. 20, 1835

It rained hard all night last night, and all the forenoon today.  Parker and Hudgins went off in a steamboat to Natchez, to return in a few days.  The rain prevents me from going to Clinton.  Remained within all day.  Wrote to Mrs. Gray.  Much talk of the insurrection threatened in the Murrel pamphlet, which was to have occurred about this time.  The military have been in training for some time.  Patrols are out; arms have been sent to Clinton for a company there, commanded by Capt. House.  Robt. Riddle, cashier of the Planter's Bank, has received an anonymous letter, threatening him with the vengeance of the gamblers for the part he took in the revolution of July.

A man by the name of Tunstall, who kept the tavern where I slept two nights when at Princeton, was brought here a day or two ago by the sheriff of Washington

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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