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[Memo on inside front cover]

Rigaud & Griffon (Mesdames), boarding house.
Alfred Penn, New Orleans.
I. F. Irwin, care of Ker & Byrne, New Orleans.
Archibald Hotchkiss, Empressario.
Augustus Hotchkiss, Judge.
A. J. Yates.
D. H. Vail, Natchitoches.
Col. Hugh Love.
Dr. John Cameron.
John Durst.
Dr. Vincent Alderete, Rio Grande.
Alfred R. Guild, Bejar.
T. Savage, Massachusetts.

Friday, January 8, 1836

This being the 21st anniversary of the great victory of 1815, the day was distinguished by fetes of various kinds.  There was a fine military parade.  The Legion of Louisiana are a splendid body of militia.  They assembled at the Principale, and marched to the State House, where they received the Governor and legislature, and escorted them to the Cathedral.  There two orations were delivered, one in English and the other in French, and high mass was celebrated by the priests.  While this was going on indoors, the troops in the square commenced a mimic battle, which they kept up for a full hour.  The fire was incessant and heavy.  About 1,000 were under arms, and the din was tremendous.  About 2 o'clock they ceased firing and dispersed.

Dined at Mr. Pearce's.  The company consisted of Mr. Pearce, Dr. and Mrs. Ker, Miss and Master Shields, a Mr. Foster of New York, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Crawford of Baltimore, and myself -- nine plates.  I was invited to a family dinner, and expected a plain family party.  Everything was in a style of great elegance, and the party very agreeable.  I retired at half past 5 o'clock, having an appointment to meet Byrd Waller, who I met in the street today.  He did not

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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