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This volume is the product of many contributors, although as the editor I take responsibility for any deficiency.  Significant financial support came from the Summerlee Foundation through a grant administered by McMurry University.  This funding allowed for travel for research on the project and similar expenses, and it also allowed for employment of a researcher, Ms. Jill Mason, who compared the original Gray manuscripts to the published version of the diary on a word-by-word basis.  Subsequent follow-ups on my part revealed the diligence of her efforts and the accuracy of the result.

The staff of the manuscript division of the Center for American History (formerly known as the Eugene C. Barker Center) at the University of Texas in Austin assisted in many ways, especially in making the originals available for our use but also in providing sufficient information on the details of the diary's acquisition to understand the story of its long period of disuse and failed efforts at re-publication.  Other archival institutions likewise provided the high level of cordiality and professional wisdom that one too often takes for granted in doing research in Texas.  These archivists include those at the Texas State Library and the Texas General Land Office (both in Austin), the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the University of Houston, the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.

Colleagues and friends also lent their expertise and shared their research in a manner that extended far beyond the usual professional courtesies.  Dr. Alwyn Barr of Texas Tech University, my graduate director and mentor, allowed me to read early drafts of his introduction on Noah Smithwick before its publication in this series and also shared his experience on editorial policies.  Dr. Margaret Swett Henson unselfishly provided her own research notes on Gray's journey through southeast Texas, saving me from many errors, oversights, and informational voids.  She deserves special thanks and recognition.  Dr. Don Frazier of the McMurry University history department went far beyond the usual in working with me in crafting the maps which he drew.  The staff at the Texas State Historical Association allowed me early access to the vertical files containing drafts of the revised entries for the New Handbook of Texas;  I have left the references to those entries rather than changing all the notes to reflect the

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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