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Saturday, April 1, 1837

Norther continues.  Left Cole's at 8 o'clock.  Burnley and self arrived at Damon's about 2 o'clock; the others fell behind, and did not overtake us; took dinner at Damon's, 50 cents.  Arrived at Columbia after sunset, where I found a letter just arrived from Mrs. Gray, Peter and Eve, written from the 26th of February to 1st of March, the only one I have received from home since I have been in the country.  Rode with the President to Bell's, where I stayed all night.  Slept in the same bed with D. P. R.

Sunday, April 2, 1837

At Bell's. -- Fine day, indeed, the weather has been fine on all my journey, except the drizzle on Thursday and the norther on Friday.  My horse was turned out last night, and could not be found until dinner time.  Paid the Negroes 50 cents for hunting him.  The President had an attack of cholera morbus last night, and is laid up all day.  Introduced to Colonel A. Somerville,[ 8]  who, with Wm. Boyd, dined here and then set out for Matagorda.  Mr. and Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Bell's sister, arrived to dinner.  Also dined here, R. R. Royal, and ----- Kerr, of Matagorda, land agents.

After dinner, rode to Marion; called on the way to see J. A. Navarro, who is still at Columbia, with his brother, Eugene Navarro.  Found there Dr. Allsberry, who married a Miss N., and who told me he intended opening a boarding house at Bexar, and acting as land agent, a business that I have thought of myself.[ 9]  Howard has been to the army, and says soldiers' claims are higher there than they are here.

Monday, April 3, 1837

Set out for Brazoria, in company with J. A. Parker; called at Bell's for Crittenden.  Arrived at 1 o'clock, after the court had taken a recess.  Stopt at Mrs. Long's.  Court sat after dinner.  Grand jury discharged after presenting gambling as a growing evil which calls for the civil authority to arrest.  Recommended either suppression by law, or restricting by taxation.  In the present state of the country, the latter will probably be most judicious.  It could not be suppressed entirely, and a penal law would not be enforced.  Public opinion must first be operated on, and then penal laws may be safely attempted.  In the meantime, the Republic needs revenue, and the gambling offices may be made to contribute, and by licensing some, the number may be reduced.

Tuesday, April 4, 1837

The lawyers practicing here are mostly young men; the judge is young, and all the proceedings are loose, and not very ceremonious.  Presented my license

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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