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about the loan.  Said Triplett wrote him from New Orleans that the compromise was rejected by the lenders.  Here is the mistake.  Admitted that the survey and filing of the boundaries of our section on Galveston was valid; said he erred in signing the patent, and that Triplett voluntarily surrendered it.  Another mistake.  Thinks Piedras' title worth nothing, and that any is better than Menard's.  Asked "Where is the certificate of the Secretary of State of the filing of the boundaries?"  I told him I had never seen it.  He said:  "That is an important document, and ought to be taken care of."  Query -- Did not Neblett surrender it when he obtained the patent?  Burnett seems to have very imperfect and incorrect recollections of some of the transactions connected with that business.  He thinks the Galveston scrip was purchased by Neblett, and had no connexion with the loan.  I asked him then how came it to be issued in the name of Triplett.  He could not tell; said Hardiman and Thomas were the negotiators, and managed all that transaction.  (Hardiman and Thomas are both dead!)[ 6]  I told him I understood the six scripts paid for by Neblett were issued as a part of Triplett's $90,000 of the loan which he had the right of paying up; that it was of necessity issued in that way, the government not feeling authorized to sell land, but they were authorized to compromise the loan and to issue scrip under that loan.  He said, "If that be the case, it makes your claim stronger."  It is strange that he should not recollect these things more clearly.  There is something wrong about it, and this conversation with Burnett rather encreases my apprehension that we shall fail in proofs -- that documents which are "important" may not be found; that recollections of functionaries which ought to be clear will fail, and they may falsify their own acts.

The Wm. Bryan went to sea this evening.  Thornton and Smith went in her.  Wrote by Smith to Mrs. Gray, T. Green and Jno. Conrad, respecting his son's claims on Texas.

The steamboat Laura came down immediately afterwards, heavily laden with cotton for New Orleans, and passengers, furniture, etc., for Houston, whither she is bound, so we cannot go up the river in her.

Friday, February 24, 1837

At Quintana. -- This morning Captain Parker determined to proceed up the river with the schooner Texas, and as we could not get horses, we all determined to go up in her.  I went over to Velasco again to see Coleman, who expressed a wish to see me before I left there.  His object was to request me to say to the President, as from myself, not from him, that he, Coleman, was very anxious for a trial; that his situation was very uncomfortable, and he wished to have a decision of his case, etc.  This I promised to do, if opportunity offered.

About 11 o'clock the schooner sailed, and after proceeding a few miles, a

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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