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battle of the Alamo and the Journal indulged itself by quoting
liberally from Col. Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas,
allegedly written by David Crockett and published posthumously.
An October, 1843, issue of the Journal printed a long letter writ-
ten from the mouth of the Trinity River by an unidentified Eng-
lishman. He dealt primarily with conditions in the republic and
earnestly advised his countrymen not to emigrate to Texas until a
definitive peace had been signed with Mexico." The following
spring Chambers' Journal carried a description of a family settle-
ment on Mulberry Creek, a tributary of the Trinity.'
In 1845 Simmonds' Colonial Magazine and Foreign Miscellany
carried an article over the initials "T.R." entitled "American
Aggrandizement-The Annexation of Texas." Several pages of
the article were copied verbatim from English diplomatist David
Urquhart's vitriolic pamphlet, Annexation of the Texas, A Case
of War Between England and the United States, published the
previous year. Perhaps Urquhart was also the author of the article;
perhaps "T.R." plagiarized from him; or perhaps both purloined
some third source.
In 1844 the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society con-
tained the notes of two Englishmen, Thomas Falconer and Wil-
liam Bollaert, who had been in Texas." Falconer, a member of the
Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and a former editor of the
Westminster Review, sailed for Boston on the Britannia in Octo-
ber, 1840 with the intention of settling in Texas. When he arrived
in the spring of 1841 the proposed Santa Fe expedition was on
every tongue, and Falconer-unaware of its military objective
and under the impression that it was a mercantile enterprise, so
he insisted later-received permission from President Mirabeau
B. Lamar to acompany it as a guest and scientific observer. He
and George Wilkins Kendall of the New Orleans Picayune later
published accounts of the adventure. Falconer, along with most
sIbid., XII, October 7, 1843.
'Ibid., New Series, I, April 13, 1844.
5Simmonds' Colonial Magazine and Foreign Miscellany (London), IV (1845),
6Thomas Falconer, "Notes of a Journey Through Texas and New Mexico, in
the Years 1841 and 1842" and William Bollaert, "Notes on the Coast Region of
the Texan Territory, Taken During a Visit in 1842," Journal of the Royal Geo-
graphical Society (London), XIII (1844), 199-226, 226-244.
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