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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Microfilm at Sid Richardson Hall

Original Manuscripts:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Frederick Follett and Family Papers, 1841-1912



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Follett, Frederick
Title: Frederick Follett and Family Papers
Dates: 1841-1912
Abstract: Correspondence, financial papers, essays, diary (1853), autobiography, appointments, and other materials on Follett's career in Batavia, New York, newspaper publisher (1825-1843), and postmaster (1843-1849), New York canal commissioner (1849-1856), and New York City customs house employee (1865-1891).
Accession No.: AR 2002-150
Extent: 5 in. papers; 2 reels microfilm
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Frederick Follett was born in 1804 in Gorham, New York. In 1819 he began learning the printing trade in the office of his brother, Oran. When Oran moved to Buffalo, New York in 1825, Frederick took over the management of the newspaper. In 1826, when riots broke out in New York after the alleged murder of William Morgan by the Masons, Frederick took an active role in defending Masonry. In 1836, after meeting Stephen F. Austin and Dr. Branch T. Archer during a visit to the White House, Follett sold the paper and went to Texas to serve with the "army of liberation" in the struggle against Mexico. The major battles had already occurred when he arrived, but he remained in Texas for some time to see the country.

Other members of the family represented in the collection are Benjamin F. Follett, probably son of Frederick and brother of Frederick M., who in the 1880's lived in Kokomo, Colorado, and F.E. Follett (relationship unknown) who in 1909 lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial papers, essays, diary (1853), autobiography, appointments, and other materials on Follett's career in Batavia, New York, newspaper publisher (1825-1843) and postmaster (1843-1849), New York canal commissioner (1849-1856), and New York City customs house employee (1865-1891). Also included is information on Follett's treaty negotiations for the U.S. government with the Tonawanda band of Seneca Indians (1859), and his recollections of riots in western New York after the alleged murder of William Morgan by the Masons in 1826. His reminiscences (ca. 1859, also on microfilm) of a tour through Texas in 1836 describe its countryside, villages, and people, the progress and adventures of his party; and anecdotes of frontier life. Other papers concern his son Frederick M.'s military career in the Civil War and at various army posts, with comments on public issues of the 1860's; his son Benjamin F.'s property and mineral interest in Colorado (1880's-1890's); and other family affairs and business interests.

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Restrictions

Use Restrictions

Duplicate microfilm negative is restricted.

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Index Terms

Follett, Frederick, 1804-1891
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Morgan, William, 1774-ca. 1826
Santa Anna, Antonio Lopez de, 1794?-1876
Follett Family
Batavia (N.Y.)
Colorado
Genesee County (N.Y.)
Gorham (N.Y.)
Seneca Indians
Masonry
Mormons
New York (State) Canal Commissioners
Erie Canal (N.Y.)
Texas Description and travel Anecdotes
United States --History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Regiment of Artillery, 4th

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frederick Follett and Family Papers,1841-1912, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Microfilm at Sid Richardson Hall

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838.71 Follett, Frederick. Texas Manuscript. ca. 1859
box folder
838.70 Restricted duplicate negative

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Original Manuscripts:

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2K336 Correspondence and other papers undated; 1841-1912, 18911863-18671868-18831894-1912Essay: Santa Ana Texas Manuscript, pp. 1-120 pp. 121-280 pp. 281-415 Autobiography Essay: Presidential candidates Pictures Essay: Miscellaneous Essay: Canals Erie Canal ledgers Seneca treaty Daily memorandum book, 1853

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