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Williamson re-located at San Felipe de Austin in 1826 and edited several short-term newspapers. He was an early advocate of resistance to Mexican centralism, a delegate from Mina to the Consultation, and a member of a cavalry company that fought at San Jacinto. He had a legendary and successful political career throughout the Republic, but suffered further illness and had less success after statehood. See Duncan W. Robinson, Judge Robert McAlpin Williamson, Texas' Three-Legged Willie.

43. [p.102]  Charles Bellinger Stewart was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 18, 1806, and was a merchant and druggist before moving to Brazoria in 1830. He became secretary of the Brazos district court in 1834 upon Chambers' appointment. He was a delegate to the Convention and married a Washington-on-the-Brazos resident during its proceedings. Stewart remained politically active during his long life, which ended on July 28, 1885. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 671.

44. [p.104]  A native of Massachusetts, Brigham emigrated to Texas in 1830 at the age of forty. He quickly began to win election to political offices, including Convention delegate from Brazoria. Whatever the accuracy of Gray's assessment of Brigham's legal talents, he was highly regarded as a financial manager, serving the Republic in different administrations as auditor and treasurer almost continuously in 1836-42. Brigham died at Washington, Texas, on July 2, 1844. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, p. 216.

45. [p.107]  By offering to "clear out," or pay the required fees to locate a land claim, Gray was in effect paying $60 to $90 for 2,214 acres. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 2.


1. [p.109]  Robert Peebles, land commissioner for Austin's colonies, was one of those (along with Thomas J. Chambers and several others) who stood to benefit from their speculation with the Coahuila legislature in 1835. He had come to Texas as a thirty-year-old physician from South Carolina in 1828. The major service of Peebles in the Texas Revolution was to remove the land records to Nacogdoches from San Felipe in advance of Santa Anna's army. He remained active in the Texas Congress during the Republic and died in 1851. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 356; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 19.

2. [p.110]  Born in Tennessee in 1806 and educated as a lawyer, John A. Wharton was the brother of William H. Wharton, one of the Texas commissioners whom

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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