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association with them might be advantageous.  H. Dawson says there are a great many good lands to be entered in Louisiana and Arkansaw, and that his brother is going up to look after them.  Memo. to write T. Green about it.

Thursday, January 14, 1836

Dined by invitation with Dr. Barton.  Company consisted of H. F. Thornton, Mrs. Morton and daughter, Col. Logan and wife, Judge Chinn, wife and two daughters.  Logan[ 8]  is from Kentucky.  Lived a short time in Vicksburg; removed to Texas three years ago; is a merchant; resides at Nacogdoches; has acquired large quantity of lands, and is now paymaster general of the Texian army.  A handsome, gentlemanly fellow; wife also genteel, but in bad health.  They were married very young -- he nineteen, she fourteen -- no children!

Judge Chinn is a sugar planter on the coast.  Came from Fauquier, Va.  In conversation after dinner we discovered that we had known each other some twenty-seven or twenty-eight years ago in Fredericksburg, at R. Lewis'.  He is cousin to Dr. Th. T. Withers, Eqr.

Conversed with Logan about Texas.  He confirms the statements about San Antonio.  Says there are large churches there in the woods, whose turrets rise above the trees, and struck the army with astonishment when they first got there.  The Missions are all fortified with bullet-proof walls (Archer made a similar statement).  The river heads a short distance from the town of San Antonio, in numerous bold springs.  When the Texian army were there the Mexican titles might have been bought for a mere trifle.  Logan has a league of Gen'l Houston's land for sale (to pay for the General's toggery), on Red River, thirty miles from Pecan Point, best quality $2,500, $1,000 cash, balance one and two years, with interest.  Dr. Barton is chaffering with him for that and some city lots.

Mr. Christy is getting out of favor with the Commissioners.  He was offensive to them.  Capt. Hall has been appointed their purchasing agent, and Mr. Bryan agent for receiving the loan.  Cardoza has offered to open an account with them and furnish supplies.  He was the first to do it.

Friday, January 15, 1836

Called to see Beverly Chew.  Found him much altered in appearance.  Showed me a splendid map of New Orleans drawn by Bringeir, the surveyor general of the State.  It included Lake Pontchartrain and all the vicinity, with the two canals and railroads.  He expatiated on the great increase of New Orleans and the splendid destiny that awaits her.  He has lived here forty years.  Invited me to a family dinner on Sunday.

Bought Newman & Barrett's Spanish Dictionary, $5, and Jose's Gr., $1.50.  Hotchkiss says Cubis' Gr. is best for learners, and Jose's the next best.


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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