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the Withlacoochee is rich and beautiful, but there is a great deal of poor and swampy land in Florida.

Monday, January 30, 1837

Owing to a dense fog, the boat was obliged to lay by last night, in consequence of which we did not reach Mobile until near 2 o'clock p.m.  I immediately transferred my baggage to the steamboat Mediator, to sail for New Orleans tomorrow at 11 o'clock; walked up town with Taliaferro; saw two uniform companies parading.  Town improving; many buildings commenced since May last.  Swamps filling up, etc.  Saw H. Nelson, Judge Thornton, Smith.  Took tea with Nelson at Mr. Ketchum's.  He pays $60 per month for board and lodging!  Slept on board of the boat.  Paid porter 50 cents.

Tuesday, January 31, 1837

Introduced to Judge Lipscomb, Richard Bullock, and Starke.  Called at Chronicle office and got a copy of the Texas land office law.  Saw Jones, the editor, Rob. Grinnan, Dr. Terrell, and Glassell.  Glassell has sold his plantation, and wishes to form a company, and make a settlement in Texas.

The following persons are interested in Texas:  Dobson & Williams (failed), M. J. Keenan, Richard Bullock, Judge Lipscomb.

Judge Lipscomb told me that Michael Menard had bought the governments's right to Galveston, and that David White of Mobile was his agent for selling it out.[ 3]

Saw also R. Ellis, Jr., and introduced to Minge, Nelson's partner.

Pressed by Thornton to stay.

Left Mobile at 11 o'clock in the steamboat Mediator.  Found that in transferring my baggage from one boat to the other I had lost my greatcoat.  Among the passengers were Dr. Inge of Alabama and his brother, a Colonel Inge, formerly a Member of Congress from Tennessee.  Told me he had read law with S. Barton; that his brother married the sister of S. Barton's first wife; that Barton and his first wife lived very happily, and the [word omitted] spoke well of him.  Lamented the difference that existed between Barton and his present father-in-law.

Wednesday, February 1, 1837

This morning our steamboat grounded in the Pass Christian, about 1 o'clock a.m., and did not get off until 1 o'clock p.m., by reason of which we did not reach the railroad until sunset.  Arrived at the Exchange Hotel, New Orleans, about 8 o'clock.  Found here Burnley, Ritchie, Parker, Major W. H. Fitzhugh, Colonel Jno Walden.


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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