Thursday, March 3, 1836
Morning clear and cold, but became more moderate as the day advanced. Wrote to T. G. and W. M. B., to go by express to Nachitoches.
The Convention met at 9 o'clock. Some new members appeared and took their seats; some contested elections were decided. The engrossed Declaration was read and signed by all the members present. Roberts and Taylor, from Nacogdoches, at first expressed some difficulty about signing, but finally yielded and added their names. It was forthwith dispatched by express in various directions, and the Convention adjourned to give time to the committees to sit on the subjects referred to them.
The Convention has so far got on harmoniously. The only exciting subject seen ahead is the delicate subject of the schism between the Governor and Council, and the doings of the latter body.
Wrote by the express to T. G. and W. M. B.
Friday, March 4, 1836
Today several important committees have been appointed, on the Constitution, on finance, on the army, on the organization of the militia, etc., and the Convention adjourned until Monday, to give time for the committees to act. No business of any importance transacted.
Committee for Organizing the Militia: Rusk, Barnett, Collinsworth, Badgett, Lacy, Caldwell, Mottley, Zavala, Smyth, Stapp, Scates, Hardin, Bunton, Robertson, Hardiman, Latimer, Thomas, Blount, Clark, Pennington, Turner and Swisher were appointed a committee to draft an act to organize the militia.
Houston appointed Commander in Chief.
Saturday, March 5, 1836
Took my lodging in a carpenter's shop, and changed my boarding house. Paid Lott $7.50. Entered as a boarder at Mrs. Mann's at $1.25 per day. My horse has been out on the prairie.
While writing a letter to my wife, I was agreeably surprised by the approach of Albert Burnley, who had just arrived from the West, in company with Peter W. Grayson, to whom I had letters of introduction. From him I learned that Lambert had returned to New Orleans from the coast; that Farish had gone to join the army at Bexar, and that he, Burnley, had purchased some $15,000 worth of land on the Guadalupe, La Baca, etc. They are conveyed to P. W. Grayson.
This evening two Mexican prisoners were brought here from Goliad, charged with improper communications with the enemy and pointing out to them a place to build a bridge over the San Antonio. One of them is an old priest,