A Guide to the Texas Letters Collections, 1857-1861
Miles Parson, James G. Mahaffy, and William C. McCarty were Texas settlers. Mahaffy and McCarty were originally from Tennessee.
Correspondence comprise the Texas Letters Collection, 1857-1861, containing letters written by Tennessee immigrants in Texas describing conditions in Caldwell, Hays, Hopkins, and Hunt counties. Additionally, a letter written by Miles Parsons documents Sam Houston’s inauguration as Governor of Texas and conditions in Texas (January 1860).
This collection is open for research use.
Texas Letters Collection, 1857-1861, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers