The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927

Diary of Adolphus Sterne

DIARY OF ADOLPHUS STERNE"1
EDITED BY HARRIET SMITHER, ARCHIVIST, TEXAS STATE LIBRARY
Thursday 10th Jany 1839 Rain & muddy all the day, waiting
on Judge Briscoe in the evening, who gave back the papers to me,
with his views on my memorandum; with which I am so far
satisfied, with the exception of his not fixing the rate of compensa-
tion- No Judge or Attorney who has, or may practice, in the
Courts can put an estimate on the exertions of any person situated
as Mr Hugh Grant, or his Agent, are-without papers or docu-
ments of any kind; and even, every mouth shut against their
enquiries- When information, even, of the slightest nature has
to be gleaned with considerable management and at a great loss
of time & expense-
Friday 11th Dry weather, but the streets still muddy Called
at Probate Court and spoke to the clerk about advertising the
Sucession of Dr Grant- Called at Mr Watrous Office twice, but
did not find him- Called at the General Land Office to see about
the Certificates, Mr Borden was quite struck with the acknowledge-
ment of the payment of all the $30,000 by Grant to the Govt. of
"A careful examination of the subject matter and a critical comparison
of handwritings confirms the previous belief of the editor that what has
been regarded as the first volume of Sterne's diary, or that portion
between the dates of November 26, 1838, and January 20, 1840, is in
reality the diary of James Ogilvy, who was associated with Bangs in his
grant from the government of Tamaulipas, and who was the agent of
the Scotch heirs of Dr. Grant. See Ogilvy to Pakenham, August 20, 1839,
in Garrison, Diploma4ic Correspondence of Texas, in Annual Report of
the American Historical Association, 1908, II, 597-9, 600-1. In the
Telegraph and Texas Register of January 19, 1839, and in several follow-
ing issues, an administrator's notice appeared signed by James Ogilvy,
agent of Hugh Grant. Letters testamentary were granted to Ogilvy by
the probate court of Harrisburg county. Probate Records, Vol. B, 282-5,
Harris county, Texas. Little is known of Ogilvy. He was in Matamoras
in March, 1835, and aided Richard Pearce in raising money for Lundy.
Lundy, Benjamin, The life, travels, and opinions of Benjamin Lundy, 173
(Philadelphia, 1847). Later in the same year, he was in New Orleans,
where he seems to have remained for several years. Garrison, Diplomatic
Correspondence of Texas, in Report of American Historical Association,
1908, II, 597-9, 600-1. According to the diary he was in Nacogdoches in
August, 1838, at which time Houston offered him a commission, the nature
of which is not known. The diary being Ogilvy's, the note placed at the
date, January 8, 1839, is therefore inconsequential.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/. Accessed November 21, 2014.