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Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 1836 (continued)

Rode out in the evening with some ladies a few miles up the Pecan Point road, north; a beautiful carriage road, over sand and red land, leading up the Banito.  Was informed by Col. Raguet that the lands around the town for three miles from the Principal or Plaza, in all directions, belongs to the town for public use.  If so, and the Trustees or Corporation of the Town could sell or lease them, the town of Nacogdoches might be made very rich, have beautiful squares and walks, and other valuable improvements.  What mighty things might here be done under a good government, with wise laws and a little public spirit among the people.  Here might flourish a populous city, distinguished for opulence, learning, arts, sciences, trade, health and all the blessings and comforts of civilized life.

Weather warm and cloudy, threatening rain.

Thursday, February 4, 1836

I had arranged to leave Nacogdoches today, in company with Mr. T. Savage, an intelligent gentleman of Massachusetts, who has lived some years in Mexico, and who is now going to Galveston Bay to see some lands.  But I could not obtain, in time to start with him, some documents that were promised me, and was compelled to let him depart alone, which I regretted, as he would have been a valuable travelling companion.  He is the gentleman who was imprisoned at ----- in -----, on account of some copper Mexican coin shipped to him from the United States, contrary to the Mexican laws.  See the newspapers of that period.

I have here become acquainted with Henry C. McNiel[ 1]  (brother of Major Alexander McN., of Mississippi, and cousin to Angus McN.);  Dr. John Cameron,[ 2]   whose name figures on the maps as an Empressario (a shrewd Scot); Judge Augustus Hotchkiss, Col. [Hugh] Love, John K. Allen, all of whom are intelligent gentlemen, and in several conversations with them I have learned much of the history and present condition of Texas.  Cameron is particularly well informed and interesting.  He has suffered imprisonment by the Mexicans.  Was at the capture of Bejar in December, acted as interpreter, and his name is signed to the Articles of Capitulation.  McNiel has travelled much in Texas and

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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