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Introduced by Dr. Barton to G. C. Lawhon,[ 9]  one of his students, who lives in Texas, not far from St. Augustine.  Promised me a letter to his father-in-law.  Recommended me to call on ----- Smith, a surveyor, in Nacogdoches, who has lands on the Neches -- a reliable man.  Says he knows Brown, but prefers Smith, whose word may be relied on.  (E converso?)  Lawhon wishes to sell one-half league of land on the Sabine, but demands 50 cents per acre.  He is a practitioner of medicine.  Lived formerly in Mississippi and in Arkansaw.  Went to Texas in bad health, and has recovered.  Says the fevers there are milder and more manageable than in Mississippi or Arkansaw.  Rheumatisms are scarcely known.  Liver complaints and dyspepsia are cured by going there.  The Texians ascribe the salubrity of the country to the water, which they think contains some medical virtue.

At Mr. Wharton's request, gave him a letter of introduction to John M. Patton, and received a joint one from the three Commissioners to Governor Smith of Texas.[10]

Scrip not yet ready.

Saturday, January 16, 1836

Fine, warm weather.  Taliaferro, Clarkson and Parker left here on the Homer, the two former for Virginia, the latter for Vicksburg, and then to return here.  Wrote by Taliaferro to my daughter.

The scrip for the Texian loan is at length ready and divided, and there being fractions enough to make four, we drew lots for them.  I got one, Triplett two, and Irwin one, which makes my share thirty-two -- cost, $1,024.  The expenses of notary, printing, etc., was $310, of which my portion was -----.  Memo.  It is agreed among the holders that none should be offered for sale until the contract shall be confirmed by the Convention, and that it shall be held at $1.25 until that time.  Memo.  Mr. A. Penn requested me to write to him should anything interesting occur respecting the scrip.[11]

Wm. F. Ritchie returned from Texas by sea in the -----, eight days from Brazoria.  Left there Gen'l Lambert, A. T. Burnley and O. Farish, who intend pursuing their journey still farther.  He speaks well of the appearance of the country, but not of the state of things there.  Says the provisional assembly was openly insulted and abused by a parcel of citizens (rowdies), who were displeased at Austin not being elected Governor, and that they were only saved from outrage by the interference of Gen'l Houston and a few others who resolved to protect them, and had sufficient influence or force to repress the mob.[12]

Introduced to Dr. Richardson,[13]  surgeon general of the Texian army, and Capt. Hawkins, formerly of the Mexican navy, lately in Mexia's expedition, and now in the Texian service.  (He is the man who killed Macrae at Key West.)[14]


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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas