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the U. S. District Court, Judge Rawle presiding.  They were captured by order of Com. Dallas.  Much excitement prevails among the friends of Texas.

Received two letters from Mrs. Gray, of March 28, April 17.

Saturday, May 7, 1836

In New Orleans.  No news yet of Triplett or Neblett.  The crew of the Invincible were this evening discharged by the court.  They were marched in triumph through the streets and to public houses.  This discharge is considered an acknowledgment by the court of the flag of Texas.  Great exultation, of course, among the Texeans.

Went at night to the St. Charles Street Theater to see the Italian Opera.  The piece was Norma, a Tale of the Druids.  The orchestra is a superior one, and the singing was very fine; but this kind of performance not to my taste; nor does it seem to suit the folks of New Orleans; the house was thin.

Sunday, May 9 [8], 1836

In New Orleans.  Dr. Neblett and his friend, Mr. McKaskele, arrived this morning in a steamboat from the Vermillion.  He did not see his friend Wilkins.

Wrote to Mrs. Gray.

In afternoon, R. Marye and A. Slaughter called to see me.  They, A. M. Cammack, H. M. Thompson and myself walked to see the new city waterworks.  A noble affair.  A large reservoir of water is raised upon an artificial mound in the upper part of the city, which distributes the water through iron pipes to every part of the city, and can be carried into the third stories of the houses.  It is raised from the river into the reservoir by steam power.  Took tea at Marye's.  Mrs. Blackwell well and in good spirits.

Monday, May 9, 1836

In New Orleans.  Neblett is much elated with his Galveston city scheme.  Thinks he can make a good speculation in it.  Says several gents. have agreed to take shares in it at $1,000 each and run all risks.

S. M. Williams, James Power, John T. Austin, Alfred Guilt, etc., are here.  Williams is one of the company that claims a league of land on Galveston, and on our ground.  Guild wishes to see some land near Lake Caddo that her purchased of Coahuila and Texas, under the same law that Mason purchased under.  He left the deeds with me to examine, and referred me to General Mason.  He asks 50 cents per acre.

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas