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an opportunity of bringing my business before the Executive.  Captain Patton, one of Santa Anna's guards, returned this day from Washington.  Left there 4th of February.  The President accompanied him home.

Witnessed a trial before a Justice of the Peace, a Mr. Mat. Patton.  The culprit had been found in possession of a soldier's certificate for $217, stolen from the auditor's office.  Defended by Gibson and Ferris.  Committed for trial, bail $1,000.  Returned to Marion at night.  Can see no horse yet to buy.  Captain Patton came in the Julius Caesar.  Letters up; none for me.

Thursday, March 2, 1837

At Marion. -- This is the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  A ball is to be given at Brazoria, and some gents. were going down from here, but the bad weather prevents them.  It rains hard, and the walking is intolerable.  Kept the house all day.

Friday, March 3rd, 1837

At Marion. -- Went to Columbia.  Saw Grayson on the subject of the loan.  Appointed a conference.  Went to Bell's to see a horse that Burnley has for me.  Don't like him, but will get Mr. J. T. Gray to see him and pass his judgment on him.

Saturday, March 4, 1837

At Marion. -- Fine, clear day.  Rode to Columbia with Mr. Gray.  By his advice and Colonel Owens', bought the horse for $200.  Dined at Bell's.  A good dinner, but no vegetables except potatoes.  Bell has a fine place.  Beautiful variety of prairie and wood, but his house is mean.  Made of two log buildings, with an opening between them.  No glass windows.  Mrs. Bell a neat, pleasant looking woman.  Has only one child at home, a little, blue-eyed girl, about the age of my youngest.  Has a daughter fourteen years old at school in Kentucky.

Had a long conference with Grayson about the loan.  He admitted the validity of the contract, but would not admit our construction of it, as giving us a right to an immediate location.  He also evidently thinks our Galveston grant good, although he is cautious in giving an opinion on it.  Says the reasoning of the meeting at New Orleans is strong; that there is force in it, and he will not say it is not right, but inclines to the other side.  Returned after dinner to Marion, in company with Mr. Bell, taking my purchase with me.

Sunday, March 5, 1837

At Marion -- Fine day.  Wrote to Mrs. Gray.  At length our schooner has got up with our baggage.  Also the Julius Caesar, Watchman, and Jas. W. Caldwell.

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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