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Gray had met in New Orleans. John A. Wharton was a leader of the "war party", which throughout the 1830s had advocated forceful action with Mexico to fulfill the goals of Texas. He served as a delegate to the Consultation and an officer in the Texas army and was adjutant general on Houston's staff at the battle of San Jacinto. Despite a reputation for confrontational style, Wharton acted as an agent for conciliation several times during the Revolution. He went on to practice law in Houston and served one term in the Republic Congress. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 888-89; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 15, 27, 81-83, 154.

3. [p.110]  Born in New York in 1801, Gail Borden, Jr., had a remarkable career in spite of little formal education. Before coming to Texas in 1829 he was a teacher and surveyor, continuing this latter career in the Austin colony as a supplement to farming. However, his most significant role at the time Gray met him was as co-publisher (with brother Thomas Borden and Joseph Baker) of the Telegraph and Texas Register, a venture that began in January, 1835. He continued to issue the paper at various locations until June, 1837, when he became collector of the Galveston customs and secretary for the company that controlled the island's real estate. Beginning in the mid-1840s he turned to inventing and for years focused without success on marketing a meat biscuit. He received a patent for processing condensed milk in 1856 and opened several factories in the Northeast, but he spent winters in Texas, where he died on January 11, 1874. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, p. 189. The definitive work on Borden is Joe B. Frantz, Gail Borden, Dairyman to a Nation.

4. [p.110]  James Gibson Swisher was born in Tennessee in 1794 and served in the War of 1812 before migrating to Texas in 1833, finally settling in Washington Municipality. He raised a company of volunteers in 1835 and saw action in the siege of Béxar. Swisher was a delegate from Washington to the Convention and joined a ranger company in the late summer of 1836. He died in Austin in 1864. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 699.

5. [p.110]  George Washington Barnett was born in South Carolina in 1793 and received his medical training there. He practiced in Tennessee and Mississippi before moving to Washington Municipality, Texas, in early 1834. He saw action with Swisher at the Béxar siege and was one of Washington's delegates to the Convention, after which he took care of his family in the Runaway Scrape. He resumed a political career during the Republic period and later moved to Gonzales County. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, p. 112.

6. [p.111]  Following the Council-Governor conflict that  resulted in Smith's impeachment, Texas fell into a virtual state of anarchy. The Council lost its quorum on January 18, which further eroded the legitimacy of Acting Governor Robinson. The Council member referred to as Patillo was Juan A. Padilla, a supporter of

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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