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VOLUME B II

Saturday, March 18, 1837

At Marion. -- My horse still absent.  Hunted him all the forenoon in the woods, unsuccessfully.  Read and wrote.  In the evening Mr. Hobbs, whom I had seen at Bell's came to Marion and told me my horse had been at Bell's two days, and Bell thought I had gone to Houston.  Wrote to Burnley about my horse, and bargained with Bell's wagoner to bring him over in the morning.

Sunday, March 19, 1837

At Marion. -- Bell's wagoner came over and said my horse had been turned out before he got home, and had not been since seen.  Rained all day.  I wrote and read.

Monday, March 20, 1837

At Marion. -- Clear weather.  Burnley came over and said my horse had not yet come up; promised to send him as soon as he came.  Parker is buying soldiers' rights; bought three of 640 acres each, and some pay [certificates] for $3.50.[ 1]  In the evening Mr. Hobbs came over and kindly brought my horse.  Nearly well of scratches.

Tuesday, March 21, 1837

Rode to Columbia to enquire into the truth of a rumor that has reached us, that United States has acknowledged the independence of Texas.  Found it true.  Votes in Senate, 23-19.  Appropriation for a minister.[ 2]  Does not give much pleasure to President and Cabinet of Texas.  All persons are disappointed.  Their hopes have been so highly raised of a speedy annexation to the United States by treaty with Santa Anna, that they can't at once be reconciled to the new state of things presented by the recognition.  Texas independent, and compelled to fight her own battles and pay her own debts, will necessarily have to impose heavy burthens on her citizens.  Direct and all sorts of taxes will be resorted to -- the lands will be taxed.  Lands are not considered so valuable now as they were a few days ago.  And the squabbles for office and for lands that will take place here among the leaders!  The prospect before us is anything but cheering.

Dined at Bell's.  Burnley is going to Washington tomorrow, and I agreed to


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