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got 100 leagues, Williams 100 leagues, and several others smaller portions.  It was sold for a small sum, when there were many persons there in Monclova willing to buy at a much larger price, but there was no chance allowed them.  The government of Mexico denounced the transaction as illegal.  He says the Austin party, of which Williams is the master spirit, caused him to be arrested for treason, and would have had him hanged if they could; that he has been the especial object of their persecution.  Thinks Austin a man of no moral firmness, but more to be pitied than blamed.  He is a child in the hands of his party, who act upon his credulity and weakness, and use him for their purposes.

Chambers was appointed the Superior Judge of Coahuila and Texas, and resided at Monclova.  He has with him as a protege a young Mexican, a native of Santa Rosa, whom he has raised, and he intends taking him to the United States and putting him in school.  He is an interesting youth, named Manuel Valdes.

Sunday, February 21, 1836

Left Col. Edwards' at half past 8 o'clock, in company with Dr. Motley, a member of the Convention from Goliad, who is going to Washington.  Bill, $2.  Three miles on the road discovered that I had left my pistols.  Returned to get them, and Motley rode on, so I lost his company.  Determined to reach Col. Coles', thirty miles, but stopping to avoid a shower, I was delayed too long, and could not reach it before night.  Was informed by a Mr. James Stevens that Gideon Walker and William Townsend had each a league of land that they wished cleared out on shares.  Called to see Walker, and found that he had already made an agreement with a Mr. Elijah Allcorn to clear out his land, and that Townsend had also made an agreement with a Mr. Richardson.  He informed me that his brother-in-law, Mr. Gary, wished to get a league cleared out for himself.

I met Allcorn on the road today, and he was very desirous to sell me land.  He has a league on Cypress Bayou, which was the headright of a Dr. Wright, which he is willing to sell for 50 cents per acre; also the league which he himself drew, east side of the Brazos, and west of Stafford's league, and running across Oyster Bayou; adjoining it he has bought some, making one and one-fourth leagues and 200 acres.  Price $3 per acre.

Stevens also has land for sale, one-third of a league on Caney Creek, which he offers at $1 per acre, and 757 acres within three-fourths mile from Washington for which he demands $3.

Went to see Gary, and found the house open but nobody at home.  It consisted of a cabin of one room, two doors and no window.  There was only one door hung, the other was open, and two or three chains laid before it.  In a little while Gary returned, having left his wife with her mother, who was sick.  Got


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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