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in recruiting soldiers in the United States, indicating that Parker was out of Texas at that time. There is no record of Isaac Parker in the Texas diplomatic service; however, he served in the army during the Revolution and in the Congress of the Republic for several terms. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 336; S. Houston to Isaac Parker, October 5, 1835, John H. Jenkins (ed.), The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836, vol. 2, pp. 46-47.


1. [p.46]  The first three letters from Gray to arrive home took between nine and seventeen days for delivery. Naturally, the mail service deteriorated as he moved farther from the river, and both Gray and his wife Millie complained of this slowness. Millie Gray Diary, pp. 65-67.

2. [p.49]  Lt. Thomas Boylston Adams, Jr., was the son of Thomas B. Adams and Nancy Harrod; he died of typhoid fever while on military assignment on December 14, 1837. Paul C. Nagel, The Adams Women, p. 226.

3. [p.50]  Benjamin Rush Milam began seeking a colonization grant from Mexico in November of 1821, but he was not successful until 1825. Even then the location was too remote to attract sufficient settlers to be successful. References to Milam as a land district, ranging from Burleson to Stephens counties, continued during the Republic of Texas. Ben Milam had interests in many varied business ventures in Texas and was killed heroically during the storming of Béxar in December of 1835. Andreas V. Reichstein, Rise of the Lone Star, pp. 32, 35, 97, 109; Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 191.

4. [p.50]  At least four boatloads of Africans had been brought to Texas in 1833-35 by way of Cuba. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 13. Gray later saw some of these people in Texas.

5. [p.50]  This person is yet another Carson (see volume 3 for a previous encounter) and also should not be confused with the Samuel P. Carson whom Gray met as a leader of the Texas Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos in March of 1836 (see volume 7).

6. [p.50]  In 1826 Lorenzo de Zavala in partnership with David G. Burnet and Joseph Vehlein received the empresario grant that had been earlier assigned to Haden Edwards. The Mexican government invalidated the Edwards grant as a consequence of the Fredonian Rebellion, which sought to establish an independent republic in East Texas in 1825. The three partners ceded their claims to the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company, a New York-based speculative

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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