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Steamboat from Mobile   $12.00
Board one day 1.50
Porter at New Orleans .50
Railroad .50

Thursday, February 2, 1837

At New Orleans. -- Received letter from my wife, dated January 22nd and 23rd, per express mail, enclosing one from C. L. Stevenson to B. T. Archer.  Wrote to Mrs. Gray and to T. Green.  Saw Dr. Barton and S. Barton, called to see Mrs. Barton.  She is now living at Mrs. -----'s boarding house.

Friday, February 3rd, 1837

Called on L. Pearce; invited to dine next day.  Called on Captain Kerr, postmaster.  Dined with Dr. Barton and wife.  Called to see J. H. Caldwell; delivered package from his wife.  Invited to dine on Monday.  Saw Shakespeare; he is much grown.

Saturday, February 4, 1837

At New Orleans. -- Received letters from T. Green at Washington respecting Texas and Santa Anna.  Dined at Pearce's en famille, with only Wm. Christy.  Learned from Christy that he had caused a bill to be introduced into the Congress of Texas, for refunding to the subscribers their loan, with 12 per cent. interest, in lieu of giving them land.  The bill did not pass.  I told him such terms would be rejected with scorn.  "Well, then," said he, "they will get nothing."  He seems to think himself a man of mighty influence in Texas; said his whole time was occupied while there in writing bills for Congress; that he drew up the charter of the Grand Railroad, Canal and Banking Company, for which they gave him one-sixteenth (I [think] it was) of the stock, which he considered worth $50,000.  But with all his influence and consequence he could not induce them to pass a law in his favor, making him a citizen, giving him land, etc.  He is a man of infinite self-esteem, and I fear his interference in our matters has been mischievous -- it was at least unauthorized.  And I learn he has an interest in the Galveston scheme, under Menard, which, of course, places him at war with us.[ 4]

Dr. Kerr also dined with us; he still preserves his good looks and fine spirits.  Mrs. Kerr at her son William's.  Miss Shields presided at the table.  She has been sick and looks pale, but still pleasant.  Pearce, frank, hospitable and gentlemanly.

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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