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Wrote to T. Green and my daughter.

Wrote also during the last three days and tonight to Geo. Taylor, E. G. Booth, David Dunlap.

I called again this morning to see Dr. Powell, and found he had changed his lodging; found him at his new abode, sick in bed (at 11 o'clock a.m.), and found that he was married last night to the lady of the house, a Mrs. Mitchell, who kept a boarding house.  Introduced to Mrs. Powell, a pleasant, good-looking woman, tall, and rather large -- frank, free and unaffected -- a phrenologist!  The Doctor looked at my tooth and advised against drawing; said the nerve was sloughing, and told me to get gall nut, scrape it fine, and put into the hollow tooth, and confine it there with cotton, which being very astringent, would destroy or dry up the nerve, and it would probably trouble me no more.  I followed his advice, but fear, from the offensive discharge that issues from my nose, that the swelling has broken within, and that bone of my face will be carious, and cause me much pain and trouble.  This is a distressing idea, on the point, too, of going on shipboard to encounter a disagreeable voyage, and to travel in a country where no good medical or dentishal aid can be expected.

Tuesday, February 14, 1837

Morning damp and lowering.  Tavern bill for lodging, supper and breakfast, $2.50.  Called at post office.  No letters from home.  On board at 10 o'clock, and weighed anchor at 11, with a head wind.  The Captain failed to secure a tow boat to take us down the river, and none are going today.

Passengers twenty-seven; only eight berths.  Burnley had undertaken to secure berths for himself and our party, but failed to do so, and we are doomed to lodge in the hold; but Mr. Arnest, who had a berth, kindly gave it up to me, and roughed it himself as he best could.  Among the passengers are John T. Gray, of Louisville; Geo. Crittenden, of Kentucky; Wm. Boyd, of Suydam & Boyd, New York; Col. Wm. A. Hill, of Tennessee; Dr. Lynch, a beastly old miser, of Tennessee; Captain W. Walker and Dr. Ramsay, of Texas; Amos Clark, of Evansville, Indiana; John Funstall, C. R. Balfour, Alston; A. Armstrong, Brown, Williams, Clements, B. C. North, Wm. Beardslee.

Only got about twenty-five miles down the river, and hauled along shore for the night.  Some of the passengers went on shore and stayed all night at the house of a Creole, among them B. C. and Boyd.

Wednesday, February 15, 1837

Beating down the river all day.  Weather cold, wet and uncomfortable.  My head still disordered, and situation on board uncomfortable.  Laid to at night along shore.
 


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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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