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1. [p.83]  Henry C. NcNeill filed a certificate of character in Nacogdoches on September 7, 1835, indicating that he was single. Later that month his survey for one-fourth league of land in the Vehlein colony was located in what became Polk County. Character certificate, folder 68: 57, Spanish Collection; Index to Field Notes, Spanish Archives, entry 2825, both in GLO.

2. [p.83]  Cameron received a contract on May 21, 1827, for the introduction of 100 families on the Colorado River. In 1828 he gained another contract for 200 families on the Red River; both of these grants were given three-year extensions in 1832. Cameron never issued any titles in connection with either grant. He filed for a personal two-league title in the Power and Hewetson colony on October 31, 1834. General Martín Perfecto de Cos arrested Cameron while he was secretary of the executive department in Monclova in 1835. Along with Milam, Cameron escaped and reached Texas. After the siege of Béxar he functioned as an interpreter for the Texas army, signing the capitulation agreement of December 11, 1835. Later Cameron moved to Rio Grande valley and was killed in 1861 in border warfare. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.

3. [p.84]  Hugh Love was at Béxar by December 23, 1835, when he provided the army a bay horse valued at $80; five days later he was issued a receipt for $400 in acknowledgement of the expenses he had incurred in bringing his company to the main army. Hugh Love folder, Audited Military Claims (hereafter cited as AMC), Republic Claims Records, TSA.

4. [p.84]  For a different view of Cherokee culture see Diana Everett, The Texas Cherokees: A People Between Two Fires.

5. [p.86]  Miguel Cortines was thirty years old at this time; he and his wife Jacinta (aged twenty-three) had a six-year-old daughter, whose death and funeral Gray described. Miguel Cortines supported the Texas Revolution, furnishing a horse and four rifles to various volunteers. Thomas J. Rusk described Cortines as "one of the few Mexicans [from Nacogdoches] whose energies have been used in our cause." Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 199; Nacogdoches Census, 1835, in Nacogdoches Archives Transcripts (hereafter referred to as NA), vol. 235, BTHC.

6. [p.86]  The Permanent Council on October 27, 1835, ordered the land offices closed for the duration of the war. Sitting local officials and land dealers protested this action as unconstitutional. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 43.

7. [p.86]  The Consultation sent S. H. Everitt to Nacogdoches in November, 1835, to take over government archives and end further transactions. He protested the actions of Nixon described here by Gray but did not receive sufficient local

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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