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University of Texas Arlington

Francis Wheatley Letters to Richard Ashhurst:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wheatley, Francis.
Title: Francis Wheatley Letters to Richard Ashhurst
Inclusive Dates: 1832-1834
Abstract: Francis Wheatley was a business colleague of brothers William H. and Alexander Patton in their hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Richard Ashhurst was Wheatley's Philadelphia business partner. In 1832, the Patton brothers emigrated to Marion, a settlement on the Brazos River in what is now Brazoria County, Texas, taking with them trade goods financed by Ashhurst. These five letters, written by Francis Wheatley to Richard Ashhurst chronicle the Pattons' emigration to Texas in 1832 and efforts by the Patton family including their father, [John G.] Patton, to maintain the various trade accounts established prior to their departure.
Identification: GA212
Extent: 5 letters, 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Francis Wheatley was a business colleague of brothers William H. and Alexander Patton in their hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Richard Ashhurst was Wheatley's Philadelphia business partner. In 1832, the Patton brothers emigrated to Marion, a settlement on the Brazos River in what is now Brazoria County, Texas, taking with them trade goods financed by Ashhurst. Once in Texas, William H. Patton saw military service at the Battle of Velasco, June 26, 1832, and at the Siege of Bexar, December 5-10, 1835. Enlisting in the Texas Army in January 1836, Patton became an aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, and was entrusted by Houston to guard Santa Anna in Columbia, and later to be among the officers conducting Santa Anna to Washington to consult with President Andrew Jackson. Patton achieved the rank of major during his military career. In 1837 he was made Quartermaster General of the Army by President Houston. He retired from the military in Bexar County where he worked as a surveyor. Patton was elected to represent Bexar County in the House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1837-1838. He was murdered at his home on June 12, 1842.

Sources

  • Cutrer, Thomas W., "PATTON, WILLIAM HESTER," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpa54), accessed May 04, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  • William Reese Company, Catalog 270, Item 83. [Texas]: Five Manuscript Letters by Francis Wheatley to Philadelphia Merchant Richard Ashhurst, Relating to William H. Patton, Hero of San Jacinto.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence. These five letters, written by Francis Wheatley to Richard Ashhurst chronicle the Pattons' emigration to Texas in 1832 and efforts by the Patton family including their father, [John G.] Patton, to maintain the various trade accounts established prior to their departure.

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Organization

The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Wheatley, Francis--Correspondence.
Ashhurst, Richard--Correspondence.
Patton, Alexander.
Patton, William H. (William Hester).
Patton family.
Places
Brazoria County (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchase from William Reese Company, 2009.

Citation

Francis Wheatley Letters to Richard Ashhurst, 1832-1834, GA212, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Purchase, 2009.

Accessioned as number 2010-11.

Processing Information

This collection of letters was processed by and finding aid prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin.

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