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thinks Smith's hand is in his present arrest.  He was recently engaged as assistant editor of the Telegraph at San Felipe.  Was in Mexico when Austin was imprisoned there.  Has a wife and child there.  Knew he was regarded with suspicion by the Texeans.  And since he has been here asked for a passport to leave this country, but was requested to stay and act as translator to the government.  And was engaged in translating the Constitution when he was arrested.

He requested me to ask the President to take some order for his accommodation, and that he might be allowed to write to his friends.  I did so, and it was promptly granted, but with the restriction that his letters must be perused by the Executive.[23]

Sunday, April 3, 1836

This has been a most delightful day.  The wind sprang up from the north early in the morning, and continued to blow gently and pleasantly until night, when it became calm.  The moon rose bright and clear, and all nature looks tranquil and lovely.

Ready to start all day, but Triplett and Dr. Neblett are not ready, and I wait for them till tomorrow morning.

It is Easter Sunday. Wrote to Mrs. Gray.

Gritten has been examined by the Executive.  They have determined to send him to Col. Morgan's for safe keeping, and not to the army.  He gave me a letter for S. F. Austin, in the United States, to be forwarded to him if I should not have an opportunity of delivering it.

The intelligence from the army contradicts the report of the enemy being near San Felipe.  They have not left the Colorado as far as is yet known.  Houston's army said to be 1500.[24]

It is now said, on the authority of De Leon, that Fannin's party fought from 4 o'clock in the evening till next morning, when finding he had but thirty men left, he hoisted the white flag and surrendered.  They were taken to Goliad and shot.[25]

The Mexican army are now said to have crossed the Colorado at the old Tuskarit crossing, which indicates an intention to bear down towards Brazoria.

Monday, April 4, 1836

My horse strayed out on the prairie last night, and it was feared that he and others were stolen; but having borrowed another and gone in quest of him, I found him about three miles off.  On my return to town, found that my friends, Triplett and Neblett, had left me for Lynchburg.  I rode there by myself.  Stopt at Earle's and got a bowl of milk, and also at Atkins' and got a drink of milk.  Passed a number of people on the road flying from the invasion, and seeking 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