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of Miller and Ross.  Referred him to T. Green and J. R. T., who I have requested to arrange a bargain for me if they can.

Got copies of letters from T. Green.  Dined there with Mr. Ritchie, who gave me a letter to B. T. Archer. 

Received from T. Green a letter of credit of $1,500, and a check for $300; exchanged a part of the latter thus:

$20.00  of Alabama, 5 per cent  $1.00
155.00  of Alabama, 4 per cent 6.20
105.00  of New Orleans, 2 1/2 per cent 2.62
$280.00  By which I gained $9.82

Paid for candy and apples, 25c.

Wrote a note to W. H. Macfarland, apologizing for not calling to see him, etc.  Left for Petersburg at 12 o'clock at night.  Fare, stage, $2.50

Thursday, January 19, 1837

Petersburg. -- Lodging and breakfast, 75 cents.  Left on railroad at 9 o'clock.  Fare to Blakeley, sixty miles, $3.  Finnal had left.  Found in the cars Hay Taliaferro, son of H. Taliaferro, of Rose Hill, Jas. H. Williamson, one of Lomax's law class, now a lawyer of Hicksford, going to Alabama; Taliaferro Hunter, going to see young Garnett who is engineering; a Mr. Shindles from Jefferson County, going to Cheraw; a Mr. Bullen from New York, going to Augusta, etc. etc.  Arrived at Blakeley at 3 o'clock.  Dinner, 50 cents.  Paid fare to Fayetteville, $13.  Supper at Enfield, 50 cents (having previously passed through the old, dilapidated village of Halifax, which lies on the south side of the Roanoke).

Stopt at ----- to change horses and warm.  Here we met the stage from the south, in which was passenger Captain Bolton, of the U. S. navy, with whom I had gone down the Mississippi last winter, who recognized me, and had to tell me his name.  (I lack individuality.)

Friday, January 20, 1837

Breakfasted at Lewisburg (courthouse of Franklin County, North Carolina), 50 cents.  Dined at Raleigh, capital of the State, 50 cents.  Population, -----.  Pretty inland town.  New capitol just erecting, of freestone; handsome building.  Weather cloudy, damp, gloomy; country poor and dreary.  Ate no supper.  Roads from Raleigh to Fayetteville very bad; had often to get out and walk for fear of upsetting, which Captain Bolton had advised we should do.

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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