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15. [p.171]  Gray wrote of his concern for the safety of Triplett in a letter to David G. Burnet on this day. Gray also explained that "all is joy and hope among the friends of Texas" in New Orleans because of the successful battle of San Jacinto and the outcome of the Invincible case, which gave recognition to the Texas flag. He asked the Texas president for a copy of the Constitution to secure publication in New Orleans to allay doubts that the Republic had in fact been created. Finally, Gray indicated his future plans: "I shall return to Texas with as much speed as my affairs in the U. S. will permit, to make my future home among you." Wm. Fairfax Gray to D. G. Burnet, May 10, 1836, folder 18, Correspondence with Texan Consuls, Consular Correspondence, Secretary of State Record Group, Archives Division, TSA.

16. [p.171]  Mason was a New York-based land dealer with long-standing interests in Texas. Despite having many associates at the Convention, including Samuel P. Carson, who would soon be elected secretary of state, his claims stemming from grants made by the Coahuila legislature in 1834 were specifically disallowed by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. However, the speculative ventures of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company (for which Mason was an agent) yielded handsome returns, and its investors also profited from loans made to Texas that were settled by the United States government during the 1850s. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 92, 97; Reichstein, Rise of the Lone Star, pp. 100-8.

17. [p.171]  Two of the men referred to here were most likely José Antonio Navarro and Erasmo Seguín, whose son Juan N. Seguín was the most important Tejano military leader of the Revolution. The Flores family was prominent in ranching in Béxar; Juan's wife was Gertrudis Flores de Abrego. Jesús F. de la Teja (ed.), A Revolution Remembered, pp. 17-18.

18. [p.172]  On May 15, Gray wrote to Texas officials repeating the request for a copy of the Constitution. He also indicated plans for another publication project, perhaps having to do with the Texas loan. "Besides its general circulation I want it [the Constitution] for a little publication that I propose making if I have time -- much has already been lost which cannot be recalled." Wm. Fairfax Gray to Bailey Hardeman, Thos. J. Rusk, and Robert Potter, May 15, 1836, folder 18, Correspondence with Texan Consuls, Consular Correspondence, TSA.


1. [p.182]  Industrialist and philanthropist Robert Owen founded a communal settlement named New Harmony in Posey County, Indiana, in 1825. Though it

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas