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sell two-thirds or three-fourths of the league than the whole.  He wants to buy laborers.

He has staying with him four young African Negroes, two males, two females.  They were brought here from the West Indies by a Mr. Monroe Edwards.  (See proceedings of the Convention, and Fisher's Report.)  They are evidently native Africans, for they can speak not a word of English, French or Spanish.[12]  They look mild, gentle, docile, and have never been used to labor.  They are delicately formed; the females in particular have straight, slender figures, and delicate arms and hands.  They have the thick lips and Negro features, and although understanding not a word of English, are quick of apprehension; have good ears, and repeat words that are spoken to them with remarkable accuracy.  I wrote down the names by which they called some things to which I drew their attention.  (See the vocabulary.)  Their habits are beastly.

While at Earle's, Captain Henderson and three other persons came by on horseback, on their way to the United States, having abandoned Texas.  Captain Henderson has given up his military prospects and returns to the dull pursuits of civil life in Tennessee.  They reported that Houston was falling back, and the enemy had marched, but they did not know where.  Fanning's position not known.

Left Earle's after dinner.  He would receive pay only for my horse feed, 1$; said he regarded me as a friend, and should always be glad to see me; family all civil, but coarse.

Stopt at Wm. Vince's, where I met a man with a harelip, named Merry, who said he was a native of Orange County, Virginia.  Remembered my father-in-law, Mr. Stone, and Mr. D. Triplett.  Vince has one and a half leagues of land, extending to within half a mile of Harrisburg.  Price, $2 and $1.

At the bayou near Harrisburg met Hise, Kimble, and Colonel Hill, of Tennessee, all on their return to the United States, disgusted with Texas.  They were accompanied by Mr. Ritson Morris, of Galveston Bay, a native of Virginia, of the Hanover family, called here Jawbone Morris.  They had met with much difficulty in crossing the bayou with their horses.  Hill was upset in the middle of the bayou by a horse attempting to jump into the perogue, and had to swim ashore.  Parted with them reluctantly.

On arriving at Harrisburg found Triplett in high spirits.  He has agreed on satisfactory terms for the arrangement of the loan contract to be consummated tomorrow.

No decisive movement of the army yet.

Col. Wm. T. Austin[13]  has just come up from Velasco, and says he read a letter written by ----- Fisher,[14]  of New Orleans, to T. F. McKinney, which states that a revolution had broken out in Mexico; two parties have united to put down

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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