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[Diary of Henry Matthews - 1806-1844]

Description: Henry Matthews (1799-18?) was a Methodist circuit rider, schoolteacher, and practicing physician from Ohio, who made his way from Ohio, through the Illinois Territory, to Texas. Primarily a circuit-riding preacher and schoolteacher in his early days in Ohio, Matthews practiced medicine more formally in the 1830s and 1840s in San Felipe, Texas, where Matthews and his wife Miranda eventually settled. Primarily a medical diary, this volume includes records of medical visits and attendance by Matthews; death notices that feature the names of the deceased and the diseases from which they died; and an account of pregnancies and births attended by Mathews. Of the illnesses that Matthews recorded, venereal diseases dominate the list with syphilis being a primary affliction. The entries include details about the patients'/deceased's lives and families. The diary does not follow consistent ordering and there are large sections of unused pages in between some entries, which are written sideways with the gutter at the top of the writing.
Date: 1806-04-12/1844-05-17
Creator: Matthews, Henry

[Diary of Henry Matthews - 1833-1840]

Description: Henry Matthews (1799-18?) was a Methodist circuit rider, schoolteacher, and practicing physician from Ohio, who made his way from Ohio, through the Illinois Territory, to Texas. Primarily a circuit-riding preacher and schoolteacher in his early days in Ohio, Matthews practiced medicine more formally in the 1830s and 1840s in San Felipe, Texas, where Matthews and his wife Miranda eventually settled. The latter two-thirds are a private diary, but many of the entries are made over printed finance notes, for which the book was originally printed. The initial third have some edits made to the printed sections but do not appear to be used as intended. Entries range from weather reports to crop and garden reports to mentions of Matthews’ medical practice in San Felipe. There are some loose papers in this volume, including one signed, “Miranda Matthews,” regarding a girl named Mary.
Date: 1833-05-25/1840-10-02
Creator: Matthews, Henry

[Proclamation from Francisco Vidaurri y Villaseñor - June 24, 1834]

Description: Decree from the Government (Gobierno Supremo) of the State of Coahuila and Texas. Discusses the extra sessions of the State Congress, comments on the federal system and religion, and plans for discussing public finances. There are also lines written in script at the bottom and signed by J. Maria Cantu.
Date: June 24, 1834
Creator: Supreme Government of the free State of Coahuila and Texas

[Letter from Thomas Falconer to John David Falconer, December [January] 5, 1841]

Description: Letter from Thomas Falconer to John David Falconer, dated Dec. 5, 1841, but the December is probably a mistake for January since Falconer was captive in Mexico in December 1941. The letter chronicles Falconer's trip by steamboat down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Louisville, KY, to New Orleans, LA. There is a small sketch of the steamer, the William French. The letter gives details of the price of passage; accommodations and food; how the steamer is different from "ours"; the stokers (slaves) who "make a most infernal singing"; fellow passengers; Americans for whom "the making of money is their chief pursuit from the time they can talk until they die"; and various towns and cities along the way. From New Orleans, Falconer went to Texas where he was caught up in the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. This letter has a modern handwritten transcription available via the Portal to Texas History.
Date: January 5, 1841
Creator: Falconer, Thomas, -- 1805-1882.

[Copy of Letter from Galveston to Messrs. Meyer & Sons of New York - December 10, 1841]

Description: Copy of a letter from Galveston, discussing Thomas Falconer's affairs and reassuring the recipient that Falconer's silence in response to six letters is because he has been captured with the Santa Fe Expedition. It also discusses the terms of a sum of money Falconer drew and a term set by Messrs. Meyer & Co. (written as "& Sons" earlier in document) and gives a brief summary of how he joined the expedition. There are notes on cities and dates on the back page.
Date: December 10, 1841

[Letter from C.E. Detmold to Edward Trelawny - January 8, 1842]

Description: Letter from C. E. Detmold in New York to Edward Trelawny at Putney Hill near London. It discusses his fears for Thomas Falconer's safety as he has heard that the "Texian" Santa Fe Expedition had been captured by Mexican forces and touches on British Whig finance politics. Detmold is Christian Edward Detmold (see Wikipedia article) and Trelawny is John Edward Trelawny the English biographer, novelist, adventurer and friend of the Romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron.
Date: January 8, 1842
Creator: Detmold, C. E. (Christian Edward), 1810-1887

[Letter from Thomas Falconer to Alfred Austin]

Description: 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.
Date: January 12, 1842
Creator: Falconer, Thomas

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

Description: 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.
Date: January 12, 1842
Creator: Falconer, Thomas

[Letter from W. D. Miller to Mrs. Sam Houston, October 10, 1844]

Description: Letter written by W. D. Miller and sent to Mrs. Sam Houston, care of William Bledsoe. The letter reports on General Houston's progress toward Indian peace talks and also mentions a Dr. Hill (George Washington Hill?), Houston's health, and contains a lively description of Sam Houston Jr. The letter was sent from Washington on-the-Brazos to Mrs. Houston in Grand Cane, Liberty County, Texas.
Date: October 10, 1844
Creator: Miller, W. D. -- (Washington D.), -- 1814-1866.

[Letter to Thomas Falconer - June 28, 1846]

Description: Letter from unknown author from Washington [D.C.] to Falconer thanking him for a letter and an article from the Washington Review. The author hopes that the "vexatious" war with Mexico will be cut short and references the border dispute between Oregon and Canada that was settled by the 1846 Oregon Treaty. The letter is incomplete.
Date: June 28, 1846

[Portrait of Thomas Falconer]

Description: Photograph of Thomas Falconer wearing judge's robes and a wig, seated next to a table with books. Handwritten text on the back says: "Thomas Falconer, Judge of County Court, August 1854." Falconer was a member of the 1841 Texan Santa Fe expedition.
Date: August 1854

[Letter to Lizzie Johnson from unknown correspondent]

Description: Letter from unknown recipient (likely Lizzie's friend Dora), dated December 16, 1860. Letter discusses news from Chappell Hill, as well as affairs at Soule University, located in Chappell Hill. Letter is addressed to Lizzie in the "Tennessee Colony" or the Robertson, or Nashville Colony. Letter also alludes to the coming Civil War.
Date: December 16, 1860