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Point.  Entered the army at the commencement of the late war as a lieutenant, at the of nineteen; was in nineteen battles and skirmishes; was at the taking of Fort George.  Thinks Dearborn was the best general in the army.  He was scientific and prudent, acted slowly, did nothing rashly, but succeeded in what he attempted.  The taking of Fort George required much more military talent than any of the battles fought on the frontier.  He was in the bloody fight at Bridgewater, and left for dead on the field, where he lay all night with a dead man lying across him.  Rose to a captaincy.  After the war went to Mexico.  Contracted to construct a fort at Tampico, which the government failed to do.  Was seven years in Mexico.  Traveled all over North and South America, in every town on the Atlantic and Pacific, and has acquired the Spanish language.  Has latterly acted as agent for the "Galveston & Texas Land Company," and resided at Nacogdoches.  He has acquired a good deal of land.  Owns the salt springs forty miles from Nacogdoches, which he acquired by buying out the several claimants.  Spoke also of the Missions on San Antonio, and the probability of buying out the titles from the Spaniards very low.  Says scarcely any of the Spaniards will remain in the country if the Texians sustain the revolution, and that when they determine to go they will sell for what they can get.[ 4]  He wishes to engage in the speculation with some capitalists.  Triplett and he have had some conversation about it.  Thinks the new government will authorize the introduction of slaves into Texas.  He and General Houston are not friendly; says Houston is losing popularity, is intemperate, could not be elected to the Convention at this time.[ 5]  Thinks Texas has appealed to arms too soon.  The event was foreseen as inevitable, but would have been better postponed until they were stronger.  Austin thought so, too, and Austin might have averted the event at the time it happened, had he been firm.  But he was induced to consent, and to unite in the revolution against his judgment.  Had he have said peace, there is no doubt of success.[ 6]  Memo.  To write T. Green about San Antonio and the salt springs, and to visit both places, if possible.

Monday, January 11, 1836

The contract for the loan was executed this morning.  We shall have to wait some days for the signing of the scrip and printing of the contract.  See printed copy.

I have contracted with David Brown, as attorney in fact for Walter Hughes, for a league of land on Six Mile Creek, one of the waters of the Sabine, at twenty-five cents per acre, provided I shall be satisfied with the land when I see it, and it shall be a good title under the regulations to be adopted by the legislature of Texas.  See contract.[ 7]

Brown goes up Red River in the Caspian.  Lives at Robertson's, on the road


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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