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Tuesday, May 10, 1836

In New Orleans.  Met with Jonathan Ikin, of Leeds, England, whom I had seen in Texas.  He is boarding here, and still talking largely to his commercial views.  Also met Alfred Penn and Colquohoon (I. R. Triplett's former partner).  No tidings yet of R. Triplett.[15]

Wednesday, May 11, 1836

In New Orleans.  By appointment with Guild, we called on General John T. Mason,[16]  at his lodgings, in the afternoon, to have conversation with him respecting Guild's title.  He had a hack at the door, and insisted on our riding with him.  Guild declined.  We rode to the railroad depot, took a car, and went to Lake Pontchartrain.  Had much conversation about Texean affairs.  He said the Convention was entirely mistaken in supposing the law of Coahuila and Texas for the sale of 400 leagues of land had been passed in his favor.  That the law was passed before he went to the country, and had no reference to him.  He merely acted as the agent of the state in selling 300 at a given price.  He having the benefit of all that he could get over that price; that he acted under a power of attorney, and had paid over to the state all the money, according to contract; the purchasers received title from the Commissioner of the State, so that in any event, even if the Republic should succeed in abrogating those sales, he would be harmless.  Guild, he says, holds under the same law, and stands on the same footing with those who purchased of him (I. T. M.).  Guild purchased a part of the 100 leagues that were not sold by him.  He thinks they will all hold good.  The clause of the Constitution intended to destroy them is so defective that it will not touch them, even if any act of such a body could destroy them.

We returned to town after dark, and I took tea at Slaughter's by appointment.  Present, Marye's family, and Mr. May of Tuscaloosa, a lawyer, who is now here speculating in city lots.  He has been successful, and is a very prepossessing man.

Thursday, May 12, 1836

In New Orleans.  No tidings yet of Triplett.  Met John M. Smith of Bejar, who told me Navarro and Judge Seguin were in the city, at a French house, "Hotel des habitans et strangers."  Called to see them.  Introduced to a Mr. Flores of Bejar, and a Mr. ----- of Nachitoches, all Mexicans.[17]

Friday, May 13, 1836

In New Orleans.  Met with Copeland, who looks well.  S. Barton says he will recover a lawsuit that he is prosecuting, in which a property worth several hundred thousand dollars is involved, and that he will be immensely rich.

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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