[Letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin]

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Letter from Thomas Falconer to "My dear Austin" in London. The letter was written in the third month of Falconer's captivity and posted from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The letter recounts how he became part of the Santa Fe Expedition in June 1841 and narrates his experiences during the expedition. Falconer states that he was falsely told that the expedition was for trade when in fact its purpose was to capture Santa Fe. The letter describes his companions; the decline of Santa Fe's importance for trade; problems with the route and guides; lack of food; a camp fire that becomes ... continued below

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4 pages

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Falconer, Thomas January 12, 1842.

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  • Place of Publication: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Letter from Thomas Falconer to "My dear Austin" in London. The letter was written in the third month of Falconer's captivity and posted from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The letter recounts how he became part of the Santa Fe Expedition in June 1841 and narrates his experiences during the expedition. Falconer states that he was falsely told that the expedition was for trade when in fact its purpose was to capture Santa Fe. The letter describes his companions; the decline of Santa Fe's importance for trade; problems with the route and guides; lack of food; a camp fire that becomes a prairie fire; buffalo; and Indian attacks, scalpings, and deaths. A typed transcript of this letter is also available via the Portal to Texas History.

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4 pages

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Funded in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (2015).

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[Typed transcript of letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin] (Letter)

[Typed transcript of letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin]

Letter from Thomas Falconer to "My dear Austin" in London. The letter was written in the third month of Falconer's captivity and posted from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The letter recounts how he became part of the Santa Fe Expedition in June 1841 and narrates his experiences during the expedition. Falconer states that he was falsely told that the expedition was for trade when in fact its purpose was to capture Santa Fe. The letter describes his companions; the decline of Santa Fe's importance for trade; problems with the route and guides; lack of food; a camp fire that becomes a prairie fire; buffalo; and Indian attacks, scalpings, and deaths. The original handwritten letter is also available via the Portal to Texas History.

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[Typed transcript of letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin], ark:/67531/metapth586983

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  • January 12, 1842

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  • Feb. 9, 2015, 10:58 a.m.

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  • May 25, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

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Falconer, Thomas. [Letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin], letter, January 12, 1842; San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth586975/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Southwestern University.