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[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
Partner: Southwestern University

[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
Partner: Southwestern University
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