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from Edwards', and the Africans wrangled and fought for the garbage like dogs or vultures; they saved all the blood they could get, in gourds, and feed on it.  An old American Negro stood over the beef with a whip, and lashed them off like so many dogs to prevent their pulling the raw meat to pieces.  This is the nearest approach to cannibalism that I have ever seen.

Morris' family have gone to the United States in the Kosciusko.

Monday, April 11, 1836

The gale still continued too strong to make it prudent to venture out in our little boat.  Dr. Neblett procured a mule, and he and Morris determined to ride to Lynch's.  Triplett, Dobie and I to walk up to New Washington.  Smith agreed to bring around the boat as soon as the state of the weather would permit.  We expected he would be there before us, but he did not reach there in all the day.  We reached New Washington about 2 o'clock.  Found here Secretary of the Navy and a number of persons going down in the steamboat.  She put off after dinner, but was obliged to come back, the wind was too strong.  Was informed by Dr. Patrick that he had sent a letter by the boat for me, left by Mr. Forbes, who had waited here two days to see me.

Morris' league is a very fine one, on the west side of the bay.  He raised 350 bushels of yams or sweet potatoes from one acre, and from the experiment he made in cotton he thinks he raised 3,000 pounds from an acre.  It is well diversified with woods and prairie.

Tuesday, April 12, 1836

The steamboat got off this morning.  I succeeded in getting my letter from on board.  Forbes has flour, corn, etc., in the Brazos, which he wants to sell.  Wishes to get a draft on Parker cashed, and to buy land.  (See his letter.)  Our boat came in sight early in the day, but before she got up an express arrived from the government, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy, in haste.  A skiff was dispatched to meet our boat, which was immediately dispatched down the bay, and our baggage brought up in the skiff.  The bearer of the express states that the Mexicans were crossing the Brazos at Fort Bend.  Other rumors speak of the murder of families of women and children by them on the Brazos.[44]  Morris arrived with a mule and a horse, which he lent to us to go to Lynch's while he went down with the express to Galveston.  Dobie and I started with the mule, leaving the horse to Triplett, who was detained by having some clothes in the wash.  We got as far as Routh's, where we stopt for the night.

Wednesday, April 13, 1836

This morning Triplett came by.  Dobie borrowed a horse of Routh, and we


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