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Thursday, June 2, 1836

On board the steamboat Superior; Mississippi River.

Arrived early this morning at Natchez.  Walked up into the town.  Met a Mr. Doniphan, formerly of Stafford.  Found by the tavern books that Magill Green had gone up Red River, and L. R. Marshal has gone to the North.

Passed Rodney, Bruinsburg, etc.

Friday, June 3, 1836

Arrived at Vicksburg at 2 o'clock this morning, and found great difficulty in getting lodgings.  At length got a bed at the Mansion House.  Found here a letter from Neblett.  The Chockchuma sales are postponed, and he has gone home.  Saw the Crumps, Jackson, Carter, and Arthur Lee.

Got two letters from Mrs. Gray, one of December 25th and 29th, the other of December 30th and January 3rd; also two from Peter, November 8th and January 1st, and one from Evelina, January 3rd.  These have been lying here for five months.  Still interesting.  Dined and supped at R. Crump's.  He promised to see Mallory (who is not now at home), about my mare.  He and family will leave Vicksburg in a few days for Virginia.

After night the steamboat Heroine came up, on board of which I left at 11 o'clock p.m.

Saturday, June 4, 1836

Found myself on board of a sorry old boat, and rather indifferent company.  Among them a genteel young man named Thompson, a grandson of Jonah Thompson, of Alexandria.  He is going to commence the dry goods business in Vicksburg.  He is the son of Craven Thompson.  He told me F. Catlett's father had abused his son and recalled letters of credit which he had given him in New Orleans.  There had been some unfortunate difference between them which Thompson did not understand.

David P. Richardson was also on board, but left us at Providence.  I had seen him in Vicksburg, and learned there that he had lately killed a man in some quarrel.  The passengers on board of the boat spoke of it in strong terms of reprobation; they stated that he and a Mr. Daggett were boxing or wrestling in

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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