University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James S. Mayfield Letter, 1840



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mayfield, James S.
Title: Mayfield, James S., Letter
Dates: 1840
Abstract: Comprising a transcript, the James S. Mayfield Letter, 1840, documents Mayfield’s concerns about moving the Texas capital.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lawyer, legislator, and soldier, James S. Mayfield (1809-1852) was born in Tennessee, but moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1837, where he practiced law. He represented Nacogdoches County in the Fifth and Sixth congresses of the Republic of Texas, introducing the Franco-Texian Bill in 1841, and served as Governor Mirabeau B. Lamar’s Secretary of State during the same year. In September 1842, Mayfield organized a company of volunteers to help repel the Mexican Army from San Antonio, but arrived at the scene of the Dawson Massacre too late to intervene. Mayfield also participated in the Somervell expedition, represented Fayette County at the Convention of 1845, and helped organize the Texas Democratic party.

Source:

Mayfield, James S.Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 10, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Comprising a transcript, the James S. Mayfield Letter, 1840, documents Mayfield’s concerns about moving the Texas capital. As a member of the Republic of Texas Congress, Mayfield writes to Joseph William Robertson in Austin regarding the possibility of relocation with David Spangler Kaufman as Speaker.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kaufman, David S. (David Spangler), 1813-1851
Mayfield, James S. -- Archives
Robertson, Joseph William, 1809-1870
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Congress. -- History -- 19th century
Places
Texas -- Capital and capitol -- History -- 19th century
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1836-1846.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory:

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2F31 Letter, 1840