Brazos. Arrived at Colonel Edwards' after 2 o'clock. Found here Dr. Berry, Steele, Brokenbrough, S. Colquehoon, and a stranger, Howth. Burnley stopt to meet some person expected at night. I went on alone. Arrived at Perry's, on Caney Creek, about dusk, eleven miles from Edwards'. Got a good supper and lodging and corn for my horse. Bill, including breakfast, $2.
Saturday, March 25, 1837
Left Perry's at 8 o'clock; arrived at John M. Walker's, eight miles, before 10. Walker not at home. Saw Uriah Saunders; he has engaged a man named Lawrence to clear out his league, thinking I would never return. Saw also Sanders Walker; he had also engaged another person (Dr. C. B. Stuart) to clear out his league. The contract was made the day before I arrived. Rode on to Gary's; not at home. My horse has taken sick; went to Gideon Walker's in search of Gary; had gone to Woodward's; went there; he had gone home. I followed, and when I returned found he had bled my horse in the mouth. He was in much pain. All thought he had the botts. At the instance of Mrs. Gary and a Mr. Henderson, who both said they had seen the Mexicans use that expedient, I exerted myself in slapping his sides and kicking him, which he bore with wonderful quietude. I suppose he was in so much internal misery that he did not regard the external infliction. Gary gave him a strong drench of salt and water, also alum. He had no more appropriate medicines. Towards night he was able to stand up, and seemed free from acute pain. I mounted and rode him briskly over the prairie for a mile or two, which seemed to improve him. He refused to eat corn or to drink water. Hobbled and turned him out on the prairie, and he began to graze. I now concluded he had only had the cholic from having eaten too much corn at Perry's.
Saw at Woodward's a Mr. Ryland Clarke Ballard, formerly of Virginia -- laborer, blacksmith by trade, and Captain Joseph P. Lynch, who keeps a little store there; had commanded a company in the service of Texas.
Gideon Walker is a Justice of the Peace.
Gary says he is not entitled to a league, his wife having been once before married, and her first husband having drawn a league. He therefore can claim only one-third of a league. And that he wishes to clear out himself. But he offers me a contract which he had made with one Nunly, in lieu of his own. Wrote for him a contract and power of attorney for Nunly to execute, and if he does so I will take it.
Sunday, March 26, 1837
At Gary's. -- A very warm day. My horse seems to be entirely well, but feeble.