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Burnley has engaged passage for us in the schooner Texas, now at the wharf, to sail in all next week.

Sunday, February 5, 1837

At New Orleans. -- Weather has been bad for two days; streets horridly muddy.  Attended the new Episcopal church in Canal Street.  Inside neatly finished; outside not finished.  Bishop Brownell of Connecticut preached; he has been officiating here for several months.  Congregation large and of respectable appearance; organ good, singing only so so.  Met here Aug. Slaughter; promised to call and see him and Marye in the afternoon.  Called after church, with Burnley, to see Mrs. Childress, who her husband wished me to become acquainted with.  Young, pretty, newly married, a Presbyterian, his second wife, interesting.  She had heard favorable report of Mrs. Gray and hoped they might be neighbors in Texas.

Mr. T. B. Barton arrived today, via Mobile.  He and his brothers called to see me after dinner, and detained me so long from visiting Slaughter that he had walked out when I called.  Saw his wife and had an interesting conversation with her.  Visited Marye; found Betsy M. there.  She is to remain with them.  Also found there Martin Picket, Slaughter's partner, and young Labuzan.  Young M. is sick with meazles.  Spent an agreeable evening.

Monday, February 6, 1837

At New Orleans. -- Negotiated with A. H. Wallace & Co. a draft on John Ward & Co. for $1,000; paid them commission for managing, 2 1/2 per cent, $25; exchange, 1 per cent, $10.  Received net $965 in notes of Commercial Bank.  Left with them two other drafts of $1,000 each, to be negotiated when I shall draw on them.

Dined by invitation with J. H. Caldwell.  Company, Mr. Caldwell, Shakespeare, Messrs. Finn and Barton, players, and a Mr. -----.  Dinner good, company agreeable; Finn a great punster, and his drollery quite chaste and irresistible.  He made some good hits at Barton, who it seemed had suffered from him before.  Wrote to Guy Richards.

Wm. F. Ritchie went yesterday to Vicksburg.

Tuesday, February 7, 1837

At New Orleans.  Received letter from T. Green, wishing me to make a publication in the New Orleans and Texas papers respecting the Galveston claim.  I dislike putting myself forward in the business; it more properly belongs to


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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