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to the judge, who ordered it to be recorded, and a license issued to me to practice in the "District and Inferior Courts of the Republic."

This afternoon Dr. Archer arrived, to whom I presented my letters.  Politely received.  He appears in behalf of Captain Snell, charged with murder, in shooting Lieutenant Sprowl, at Velasco.  Trial tomorrow.

A report came this evening that two brigs and two schooners have appeared at the mouth of the river; supposed to be Mexican.  It produced a little sensation, but no action.

Finished letter to Mrs. Gray, to go by first opportunity.
Ben C. Franklin, Judge of Second Judicial District.
Augustus M. Tompkins, State's Attorney.
W. P. Scott, Clerk District Court.
Robt. J. Calder, Sheriff County of Brazoria.
Geo. McKinstry, Chief Justice of the County of Brazoria.
Wm. T. Austin, Clerk of County.


Wm. H. Jack, Wm. W. Franklin, Patrick C. Jack, Rob't J. Townes, Henry P. Brewster, Colin De Bland, Geo. B. Crittenden, John A. Wharton, Branch T. Archer.

Introduced to Silas Dinsmoor, Chief Justice of Matagorda; Sweeny, of the San Bernard; ----- Russell, one of the Justices of the County of Brazoria.

Wednesday, April 5, 1837

At Brazoria. -- Trial of Snell continued.  The business of the court draws to a close.  Jury dismissed.  Determined to ride over and see Edwin Waller.  Left Brazoria at 4 o'clock.  My first unfavorable impressions not removed by this visit.  Had my blanket stolen, and got an inferior one in its place.  Bill, $7.  Cutting hair, 37 1/2 cents.  Ferry, 25 cents.

To Waller's ten miles across Bayliss' Prairie, on east side of Oyster Creek.  A fine evening.  Arrived a little after sunset.  Waller out in the fields.  Introduced myself to Mrs. Waller, a fine looking woman, some thirty odd years old, ladylike, plain, unaffected, has four children, three rough, rude, untutored sons, the oldest -----, and one daughter, the youngest, a spoilt pet.  The house an exceedingly rude, open, double log cabin, with two shed rooms, furniture pretty good, and not in keeping with the house.  No glass windows, logs not chinked.  Waller came in about dusk.  Kindly welcomed; excellent supper; good lodging in a very rough room.  It is strange how people who know how to live better and are able can content themselves to live in such wretched cabins -- but they have been here only about eight months.  Should they continue here, and make a few good crops of cotton, they will improve their building, or, more likely, will seek

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