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about 14 percent of the property.  A week later this portion of the development went to partners Green, Jones, and Johnson.  Jones received an equal amount on his own.  Menard held the remaining 72 percent, and, after expenses, debts, and previous sales were deducted, all the parties accepted shares of the corporation in exchange for surrendering their percentage of the land.  All of those involved accepted this agreement on June 15, 1837.  In this deal Gray effectively yielded his claims from the loan scrip except for whatever compensation he might have received from Green.[28]

Apparently, he did not retain any of the shares that remained in Green's hands, for Gray purchased four lots from the Galveston City Company on his own on April 20, 1838.  He continued to serve as a liaison between Jones and Green before, during, and after his return trip to Virginia in 1838, and their dispute with the Menard associates continued over such matters as commissioners' expenses.  Thomas F. McKinney, a Menard partner, attributed part of the problems to the inadequacy of Gray's legal representation.  On one issue he wrote: "This is both foolish and wrong and with any other man than Col. Gray who is old madish it could be gotten along with."  As Green's counsel, Gray brought power of attorney and other papers back from Virginia in 1838, but this appears effectively to have ended his involvement.[29]

The journey to Virginia to conduct this legal business with Green, retrieve his family, and conclude the relocation to Texas took Gray away for four months.  On August 11, 1838, he published a notice stating, "family concerns demand my presence in the United States for a few weeks."[30]  He arrived in Fredericksburg just over three weeks later.  His wife had been, as she wrote on August 20, "too busy to go out much -- making preparations to go to Texas this fall."  Nevertheless, the move occasioned a renewed flurry of activity made more harried because, in Millie's words, "[the] excitement of our feelings kept us all unsettled."  Between mid-September and mid-November Gray took care of business in New York, Richmond, Baltimore, and Williamsburg while the rest of the family bore the burden of packing and making other moving arrangements.  Finally, on November 20, 1838, mother, father, all six children (Peter, Eve, Edwin, Allan C. [Charlie], Kate, and Alice), and six servants (Lucy and John, Jane and her child, Armistead, and Binah) set off for the port of Baltimore following emotional goodbyes from family, friends, and associates.  For Millie, "It was a heart rending scene when the hour came for us to go down to the Boat -- too painfull for any attempt at description."[31]

The entire trip from Fredericksburg to Texas lasted exactly one month until the Delia landed the Grays at Galveston.  Despite their unusually complete preparations, Millie arrived with scarcely suppressed apprehensions, some of which were quickly realized.  She found the people warm and receptive, and


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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