The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 347
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Diary of Adolphus Sterne
ult, the House had a quorum, Senate had not yet a quorum but
expected to have one monday last sold my Moral land to Wm Smith
a free man of Color for $400.00 payable half in 12 and the other
half in 24 months, no interest on the first note, and 10 pr cent int
pr annum on the last note from date till final payment, with mort-
gage on the land till final payment in the afternoon Smith who
was going to take possession of the place to day, came and told me,
that John R. Clute prevented him from taking possession (that
arch Scoundrel who wanted to swindle me out of that land several
times) I went out accompanied by David Rusk Esqr, and put Smith
in possession of the House and premises, without seeing that Cow-
ard Clute, returned home near dark- I owed John S. Roberts
forty two Dollars & 61 bits, for the $12.821 I translate a Spanish
Title for him, and $30.00 I am to settle after Mr J. C. Morrisson
in his and my land trade
Tuesday the 6th this morning rain wind S. E.- E. N. and
S. E. again this Evening, had a very fine Party last night at Col
Thorns, nothing doing, all day rain- Mr D. Snively Dined
Wednesday the 7th rain, rain, rain, done some business at the
office, arranging a new Stable at home- two waggons loaded with
Cotton, went trough from Crockett bound for Natchitochez, some-
thing new this- a ventriloquist named Hervey amused the People
this Evening with his rare powers notwithstanding the mud
Thursday the 8th December 1812 Clear weather, Wind north
but not too Cold- the western mail arrived last night, did not see
it till this morning, nothing but a few Letters (apparently such)
were put in but the Boy having rode two days in the rain so that
the whole Contents were so mangled, and mixed up that it looked
more like mush then anything else, so that nothing can be read to
find out to whom the documents belong or where they came from-
Eastern mail came in the Evening without bringing any thing
exept the Redlanders for subscribers in this County- Smith, to
whom I sold some land a few days ago was in to day and said that
Mr Clute has not interrupted him since he has remooved to the
Here’s what’s next.
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