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to inquire for letters, such is my anxiety to hear from home; no letters yet.  There is no Episcopal service here; a new church is building, but they have no minister.  Wrote to T. Green and Mrs. Gray, letters commenced on board the steamboat and finished today.  In the evening R. Triplett and myself walked out through the old part of the city and on the quay.  The amount of shipping here is immense.  In many instances six ships lie alongside of each other, and all having business with the outer one will have to pass over the five others.  Jenifer and Causin left today, via Mobile.

Monday, January 4, 1836

The weather today is remarkably fine.  A clearer and more delicious atmosphere could not be desired.  The weather during all last week was warm, too warm for comfort.  Yesterday was a heavy rain, with thunder and lightning.  Today it is clear, pure, balmy and exhilarating, resembling a fine May day in Virginia.  The frogs are singing merrily in the ponds.

A meeting of the Friends of Texas is called to be holden at Bishop's Hotel, on Wednesday night.  It is announced that the Commissioners will be in attendance.  These Commissioners seem not to know very well how to go about their business.  They wish to raise funds to support their army and government on a pledge of the public domain, but have declared no plans, have offered no terms.  Triplett and Carniel have been in conference with them, and it is understood that they will decide today on some propositions that have been made to them.  Archer is continually declaiming about the tavern to any and everybody.  Austin seems timid and troubled.  There is great kindness and affability in his manner, but an expression of anxiety pervades his features.

The sailing of the Brutus is stopt, and depositions are being taken before Judge Preval, relative to her armament, destination, etc.

Attended Dr. Barton's lecture at the Medical College, on epidemics.  Sensible and interesting lecture.  The doctor's manner self-possessed and pretty good, but his articulation bad.  He raised his voice too high, probably for the benefit of his nephew, Geo. French (one of the students, who is very deaf), and speaks too rapidly, and his enunciation is sometimes thick and indistinct.  Class small, only fifteen or sixteen.

Brown, the surveyor, has acquired several leagues of land, which he is desirous of selling.  One of them adjoins the league of Col. Houston, near Sabine Bay.  Houston's price is $5,000.  Brown offers his for 50 cents per acre ($2,214).  Says he regards his titles as good as titles in Texas can be, if the requisitions of the law, as to settlement, etc., be complied with, which a purchaser will have to look well to.  He hints that some large speculations have been made in Texas,

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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