Finding Aid to the Thomas Falconer Collection MS.682

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 November 8


Title: Thomas Falconer Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.682
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1929-1930
Abstract: This is a collection of Thomas Falconer data from 1929-1930 collected by F. W. Hodge, in preparation for the publication Letters and Notes on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, 1841-1842 by Thomas Falconer, published by Dauber and Pine, New York City, in 1930, for which Hodge wrote the introduction and notes.

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of Thomas Falconer data from 1929-1930 collected by F. W. Hodge, in preparation for the publication Letters and Notes on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, 1841-1842 by Thomas Falconer, published by Dauber and Pine, New York City, in 1930. Hodge wrote the introduction and notes for the publication. Materials include a photographic copy of a lithograph portrait of Falconer, and copies of Falconer correspondence from 1840-1841.

Preferred citation

Thomas Falconer Collection, 1929-1930, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.682.

Biographical note

Thomas Falconer (1805, 25 June – 1882, 28 August) was an English jurist and explorer. In 1840, Falconer immigrated to the Republic of Texas. On his arrival he obtained permission to accompany the Texan Santa Fe expedition as an observer. The expedition left Austin on 18 June. On the trail towards New Mexico, Falconer had his horse stolen by Indians. On 31 August, the expedition leader, Hugh McLeod, decided to split the party, with some to proceed to San Miguel and return with provisions, while the rest remained in camp. As Falconer had no horse, he remained in camp. Falconer's party was attacked by Indians a number of times, and nearly starved to death before the other party returned on 9 October as prisoners of the Mexicans. Falconer's party was also taken prisoner, and marched to Mexico City, arriving on 3 February 1842. He was then immediately released at the demand of the British minister.
Later that year, Falconer published his account of the expedition as Expedition to Santa Fé: An Account of Its Journey from Texas through Mexico, with Particulars of Its Capture. In 1844 he also published Notes of a Journey through Texas and New Mexico, in the years 1841 and 1842 in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London. After returning to England, he published another major work on his travels, The Oregon Question; or a Statement of the British Claims to the Oregon Territory in Opposition to the Pretension of the Government of the United States of America.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 8, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated by F. W. Hodge, 1945 October.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Falconer, Thomas, 1805-1882
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956
Correspondence
Letters and Notes on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, 1841-1842
Lithograph
Mexico -- Description and travel
Texan Santa Fé Expedition, 1841
Texas -- Description and travel