The Benson Latin American Collection

Benjamin Muse, Jr. Collection Relating to Mexico, Texas, and California



Descriptive Summary

Creator Muse, Benjamin Jr.
Title Benjamin Muse, Jr. Collection Relating to Mexico, Texas, and California
Dates: 1830-1844
Abstract Letters and official communications pertaining to Mexican military and governmental affairs and the Texas Revolution
ID 33992204
Extent 7 inches
Language Spanish or Castilian
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Letters and official communications pertaining to Mexican military and governmental affairs during the years 1830 to 1844, especially to Mexican internal affairs during 1831-1832, the Texas Revolution in 1835-1836, and events in Veracruz in 1839.

In Series I, documents from 1831 are primarily about internal rebellions in Mexico and largely concern military efforts to subdue them; many relate to Nicolás Bravo, who commanded defending forces, and Vicente Guerrero and Juan Álvarez, who led rebel forces. Items from 1832 relate almost exclusively to the Veracruz garrison, commanded by Tomás Illanes, and its need for money and supplies. Materials from 1843 and 1844 pertain to Pedro de Ampudia; they deal mostly with administrative matters during his tenure as Comandante General in Tabasco but include his 24-page account of Francisco Sentmanat's 1844 attack on Tabasco and Ampudia's response to it. Only two items date from 1830.

In Series II, materials dated 1835 are about the Texas Revolution; they often concern Mexican generals Martín Perfecto de Cos and Domingo de Ugartechea. Documents dated 1836 and 1837 pertain to Mexican plans for an invasion of Texas and related military matters, to the unsettled situation in California, and to an expedition to San Blas, California, to be led by José Urréa. Items in Series III illustrate the aftermath of the 1838 French invasion at Veracruz; they concern the fortress of San Juan de Ulüa, the treaty ending hostilities, an investigation into a loss of money at the Veracruz residence of Antonio López de Santa Anna, and the Comandancia General of Veracruz (headed at this time by Guadalupe Victoria and his successor, Francisco Toro).


 

Arrangement

The documents in the collection have been rearranged into series by topic (in essence into a chronological arrangement which falls naturally into topics), then chronologically (not numerically) within folders. This arrangement is fully expressed in the container list.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Alamán, Lucas, 1792-1853.
Ampudia, Pedro de, 1803-1868.
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836.
Bowie, James, d. 1836.
Bravo, Nicolás, 1786-1854.
Bustamante, Anastasio, 1780-1853.
Cos, Martín Perfecto de, 1800-1854.
Filisola, Vicente
García Conde, Francisco
Gritten, Eduardo (Edward C.)
Guerrero, Vicente, 1782-1831.
Illanes, Tomás
González-Ynclán, Ignacio, d. ca. 1745.
Paredes y Arrillaga, Mariano, 1797-1849.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876.
Ugartechea, Domingo de.
Urréa, José, 17979-1849.
Victoria, Guadalupe, 1786-1843.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Muse Collection Relating to Mexico, Texas, and California, 1830-1844, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

The Muse Collection relating to Mexico, Texas, and California was acquired by the Benson Latin American Collection in 1968 from Benjamin Muse, Jr., a bookdealer with Parnassus Book Service in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.

Processing Information

The materials were described by the Benson's Mexican Archives Project in July 1994.

Finding aid initially prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, February 13, 1995.


Series and Container List

All item numbers, whether stamped or pencilled, which appear on the documents are to be ignored; also all notations of folder numbers, all of which are obsolete with respect to arrangement.The item numbers can be used to access item cards prepared before the Muse Collection was processed by the Mexican Archives Project. Because the item numbers are not unique, however, the item card for a specific document can be found only by the combined use of the item number and either a chronological or alphabetical approach. To go to a specific document from an item card requires reliance primarily on the date of the document. The date should be used to select a folder from the container list, within which one may find the item by its date.

 

I. Mexican internal affairs, 1830-1832 and 1843-1844.

Subseries, Internal Rebellions
box folder
1 1 Internal rebellions 4 - 5 Jan 1830
2 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
3 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
4 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
5 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
6 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
7 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
8 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
9 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
10 Internal rebellions Jan - Feb 1831
11 Internal rebellions Undated
Subseries, Illanes' Command at Veracruz, 1832
box folder
1 12 Illanes' command at Veracruz 15 Sep - 18Dec 1832
Subseries, Pedro de Ampudia
box folder
1 13 Purchase of printing press as General en Gefe, Divisionde Operaciones sobre Yucatán 30 Mar - 21Apr 1843
14 Ampudia's command at Tabasco 22 Jan - 23 July 1844
15 Ampudia's command at Tabasco 6 - 17 Sep 1844, and undated



 

II. Political and military affairs in Texas and California, 1835-1837.

box folder
1 16 Political and military affairs in Texas, 1835 22 Jun - 5 July 1835
17 Political and military affairs in Texas, 1835 6 - 21 July 1835
18 Political and military affairs in Texas, 1835 2 Aug - 18 Sep 1835
19 Political and military affairs in Texas, 1835 31 Oct 1835
20 Political and military affairs in Texas, 1835 2 - 30 Nov 1835
21 Mexican preparations to invade Texas, 1836 1837 16 Oct - 5 Nov 1836
22 Mexican preparations to invade Texas, 1836 1837 8 Feb - 26 Mar 1837
23 Mexican preparations to invade Texas, 1836 1837 Undated
24 Political and military affairs in California, 1836 29 Sep - 1 Dec 1836
25 Urréa expedition to San Blas 23 Jan - 13 Jun 1837



 

III. The French in Veracruz, (aftermath of the Pastry War). 1839

Subseries, San Juan de Ulúa, 20 March - 30 October 1839
box folder
2 1 San Juan de Ulúa 20 Mar - 29Apr 1839
2 San Juan de Ulúa 29 Apr - 26Aug 1839
3 San Juan de Ulúa 30 Sep - 30 Oct 1839
Subseries, Comandancia General de Veracruz
box folder
2 4 Guadalupe Victoria 6 Apr - 6 June 1839
5 Guadalupe Victoria 8 - 22 June 1839
6 Francisco Toro 24 June - 4 July 1839
Subseries, Investigation into disappearance of funds at Santa Anna's Veracruz residence
box folder
2 7 Investigation into disappearance of funds at Santa Anna's Veracruz residence 22 - 30 May 1839
8 Investigation into disappearance of funds at Santa Anna's Veracruz residence 30 May 1839
9 Investigation into disappearance of funds at Santa Anna's Veracruz residence 30 May 1839
10 Extracts from investigation into disappearance of funds at Santa Anna's Veracruz residence 3 - 10 June 1839
Yellow Cards
Descriptions of documents in folders 2-6
Descriptions of documents in folders 7-10
Notes and translations by Mrs. Muse
Notes from folder 2: Tabasco
Notes from folder 3
Typescript notes from folder 4
Manuscript notes from folder 4
Notes from folder 5B1 (5A?)
Notes from folder 5B2
Notes for folders 6a-d: Transcriptions
Notes for folder 7
Notes for folder 8
Notes for folder 9
Notes for folder 9B
Notes for folder 10