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    [Texas]: Two Brothers in Texas. [Five Manuscript Letters by One Francis Wheatley To Philadelphia Merchant Richard Ashhurst Relating To William H. Patton, Hero of San Jacinto]. [Hopkinsville, Ky. October 1832 - February 1834]. Five letters totalling twelve pages of text. Four measure 8 x 10 inches, one 8 x 12 inches. Faint fold lines. Quite clean. Very good. An intriguing manuscript account of the Texas emigration of William H. Patton, hero of the battle of San Jacinto, and his brother, Alexander Patton. The letters are written by Francis Wheatley, a business associate of the Pattons from their hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to his Philadelphia business partner, Richard Ashhurst. Wheatley describes the Patton brothers' efforts to maintain various accounts established prior to their departure, and he includes a description of their westward emigration. William and Alexander Patton originally intended to head for Mississippi, but changed course for Texas, a decision that would have a profound impact on Texas history. Settling in Brazoria County near a place called Marion in March 1832, the brothers enjoyed three prosperous years of trading. In 1835, with war brewing, William Patton enlisted in the Army of Texas, and commanded a company at the seige of Bexar. As a major, he led a company at the Battle of San Jacinto, distinguishing himself so well that Houston remanded Santa Anna into his custody and selected Patton as one of several commissioners to escort Santa Anna to Washington. An important archive of letters, rich with details regarding the early Texas activities of one of her lesser-known heroes.

    Reference: Handbook of Texas 5, pp.94-95.

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