Thursday, March 10, 1836
Fine weather, and we have got comfortably fixed in our new lodging. The eating at our house is becoming sorry, no butter, no milk, no sugar, little or no vegetables, and not much meat except pork.
Navarro today showed me a deed for five leagues of land below the San Antonio road, and on the headwaters of the -----, which he offers for $1,500 per league. It is an old Mexican title which he bought.
Ruis also has four leagues of land, a military grant, in Robertson's Colony, which he wished to sell.
Zavala has an eleven-league grant, located about the Trinity in various places, which he offers for thirty-seven and a half cents per acre. Memo. to endeavor to make some arrangement with him.
The business of the Convention moves slowly. The Constitution is on the tapis every day. It is a good one, on the whole, but clumsily put together. Indifferent in arrangement, and worse in grammar.
No news yet from the Alamo, and much anxiety is felt for the fate of the brave men there. It is obvious that they must be surrounded and all communication with them cut off.
This evening Dr. Neblett, from Virginia, and several other gentlemen arrived here. Sam'l P. Carson, a member of the Convention from Red River, also arrived and took his seat. He informed me Robert Triplett is on the road.
Received letters from Mrs. Gray, dated January 23, February 1, brought by Captain Briscoe.
Friday, March 11, 1836
This morning Triplett arrived, accompanied by a Mr. Hies, from Tennessee. Capt. Briscoe, who brought my letter from Nacogdoches, took his seat as a member of the Convention.
Nothing of particular interest today, in Convention. Intrigues for the high offices of State are said to be going on, and much log rolling on the land question. A great hostility exists against the large grants made by Coahuila and Texas to certain large land operators. It is made a stalking horse by the demagogues of the house, and they are endeavoring to sweep away all titles to lands in Texas except headrights. It is a most iniquitous attempt, and I trust there will be virtue enough left to defeat it.
No action yet on the loan, nor does any great measure approach maturity.
Mr. Carson has at once taken a prominent part in the business of the house. He has made a good impression, and much is expected of him. He is not yet forty years of age. But is in bad health, and looks much older. He and Potter are the only two members of the body who have ever been in Congress (except