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and resided at Monclova.  He is an interesting man, and said to be a fine lawyer.  He told me he was going to the United States to try and get men sent on to fight the battles of Texas.[39]  He expects to unite Felix Huston's project with his own.  I also became acquainted with a Mr. Ira R. Lewis, of Matagorda, a lawyer,[40]  who informed me that Lambert had purchased one-half a league on the Colorado, six miles above League's Ferry.  Mr. L. arranged the purchase for him.  The title is taken in the name of Peter W. Grayson.  Lambert returned to the United States in the schooner Brutus.  So did Raleigh Green.  Mr. Lewis urged me to visit Matagorda before I settle in Texas.  He thinks it will be a great commercial place, and a fine field for the practice of the law.  Very fertile lands, and a pleasant climate.

With Governor Robinson I was not much struck.  He boarded with his wife in the tavern where I am staying.  She is an ordinary looking woman.  The Council have all taken their departure today for Washington.  Nearly all the strangers who yesterday thronged the tavern have departed, and the place tomorrow will be quite deserted.

Went out to the land office at Gail Borden's, about a mile from town.[41]  Dr. Peebles, the Commissioner, was from home, and did not return until night.  Stayed to supper.  Entered on the books of the office as a colonist, to take a league of land.  The selection to be made at my leisure.  Went to the printing office and subscribed to the Telegraph, in which the decrees, etc., of the provisional government are published.  Also procured there a copy of Austin's publication of the laws, etc., of Texas.  Telegraph, $5; pamphlet, $1.  Also purchased today a Spanish grammar and dictionary, $4.

Arranged to start tomorrow up to the Falls with Colonel Chambers and Mr. Lewis, but it has come on to rain hard, and I fear I shall be again disappointed.

Introduced today to Major Rob. M. Williamson, of the Rangers, who seems to be an intrepid Indian fighter.  Has a wooden leg.[42]  Also to a Mr. Simms, a surveyor, who lives at Milam.  And delivered my letter to Dr. C. B. Stewart, who is the secretary to Governor Smith.[43]

Thursday, February 18, 1836

It rained hard last night, but this morning, like yesterday, was very foggy.  Cleared off about 9 o'clock.  Prepared to leave town after breakfast, intending to go to Milam with Chambers and Lewis, but my horse was missing.  Not being able to get any corn for him to eat, I had placed him under the care of a Mexican named Ignatio, who undertook to pasture him, but had lost sight of him.  He borrowed a horse to go in quest of him.  About 12 o'clock a black fellow, the servant of Major Lewis, told me he had seen my horse not far off, and for a


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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