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Thursday, March 31, 1836

Some difficulty still existing about the loan contract.  The Cabinet still has it under consideration, and some modification is suggested by Thomas.

Weather very warm -- quite summer heat.

Friday, April 1, 1836

At length the loan matter is concluded.  Rusk has started for the army.  The town of San Felipe has certainly been burnt, houses, goods and all.[21]  The inhabitants on the west side of the Brazos are all breaking up, leaving their homes and flying to the east.  Houston's retrograde movement causes great discontent.  A general impression exists that he ought to have fought the Mexicans at the Colorado.  His army is said to be diminishing.

This evening Captain Briscoe arrived from the army.  Reports the Mexican army were seen yesterday at noon, within three miles of San Felipe.  An engagement expected.  The Cayuga is to go down in the morning, and the Kosciusco[22]  waits to take Hall and dispatches to New Orleans.  Wrote to W. M. B. and Mrs. Gray.

Saturday, April 2, 1836

Very warm weather.  No news from the army all day.  The Cayuga detained until a late hour.  Secretary Carson went down in her, intending to go to the United States -- in bad health.  Conrad also went in her, Hall, Hardiman's family, and many others.

An additional article has been made to the loan contract, by which, beside the premium of thirty-two leagues, we have the privilege of taking the $180,000 in lands at 50 cents per acre.  (See contract.)

Dr. Neblett returned at night.  Says the prairie near Lynchburg resembles a camp meeting; it is covered with carts, wagons, horses, mules, tents, men, women and children, and all the baggage of a flying multitude.  The people of the Brazos and Colorado are all leaving their settlements with their moveables, cattle, Negroes, etc.

I last night sat up until 12 o'clock, writing, and waiting for my room mate, Gritten, to come in, but he did not come.  I this morning learned he was arrested by an order from General Houston, charging him with being a spy.  He is in custody.  I went to see him.  He is much chagrined, but declares his innocence.  Attributes the charge to private malice.  The arrest is said to be founded on some intimation or charge contained in a pencil note from Captain Mosely Baker to General Houston.  H. demands that he be sent to the army.  This the Executive will not do.  He was sometime since appointed collector at Copano by the late provisional government, which was protested against by Governor Smith.  He

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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