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pretty and spirited.  Mrs. Fisher, of Matagorda (wife of S. R. Fisher), and her children, were also on board.

Two sails appeared on the opposite side of the island, coming up from the south.  They fired a gun, and came to anchor.  In a little while a boat came round and reported them to be the national schooner Invincible,[37]  Captain Jere Brown, and her prize, the brig Pocket, of -----, which had been captured off the Brazos Santiago, going in with stores for the Mexican army, shipped by Lizardi, of New Orleans.  She has a fine cargo.  On board were several noted enemies of Texas, who were well known here, Hogan, Morgué (a Frenchman).

The Invincible had also had an action with the Mexican schooner, Montezuma (now called Bravo), on board of which were both Thompson and Davis.  They ran the Bravo on shore and disabled her, but were unable to get on board by reason of the shoalness of the water, and the fact that there were upwards of 1,000 Mexican troops on the beach.  The Texeans had only two men wounded and none killed.  They lost one officer, Lt. Living, who went on board of the enemy before the action commenced, with a boat's crew, to ascertain her character.  He was not permitted to return, but when the action began the crew put off with the boat and escaped.  The action took place on Easter Sunday, the 3rd instant.

The receit of this intelligence caused great joy in the little squadron, and sundry glasses of wine were quaffed to the success of the infant navy of Texas.  The officers all rejoiced at the success of their brethren, and each wished he had had a part in it.  Before night, a pilot having been sent off, the prize was brought in and moored above the schooner.  I went on board; introduced to Captain Brown, an exceedingly plain and unpretending man.  The brig is a fine vessel.  Here I again met with Mr. Welsh, whom I had formerly seen at San Felipe and Washington, and who is now purser of the Invincible.  He is writing letters for the Captain, and is going to Harrisburg with dispatches.  It is said that among the papers on board the Pocket are some clearly showing her character, giving information touching the defenseless state of Texas, and the best plan of attack, recommending the occupation of the ports, etc.  From the whole it is concluded that an armed Mexican force may be expected here in a fortnight.  And the government is now making efforts to fortify the place, so as to be able to repel them.[38]  Colonel Hy. Harcourt is the engineer who is to plan the work, and Captain Stanley, the Englishman, is also here.  Colonel Morgan, who is a merchant, and the founder of New Washington, where he lives, has been appointed Commandant of the Post, and is entering on his duties with great zeal and activity.

Friday, April 8, 1836

We lodged on board the steamboat last night.  This morning she returned up


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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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