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An Account of the Birth, Parentage, Education and Early Pursuits of John McDaniel and Joseph Brown, parties in the murder of Chavis [sic], the Mexican, on "The Santa Fe Trace," together with their Adventures in Texas, being a true account as gathered from themselves, two days previous to their appointed execution, by permission of Mr. Birch, the United States Marshal.
St. Louis: Published by Higgins & Mead, Corner Second and Locust Sts. 1844
1467; By a Gentleman of St. Louis.; 19, [1] p. 21 cm.; The "Adventures in Texas" in the title which first led to the entry of this item are quite inconsequential and hardly worth recording, but this apparently hitherto unnoticed pamphlet is of some Texas interest because of its detailed account of the murder of Chaves in April, 1843. The American public had associated this murder, committed on American soil by McDaniel and Brown, with the sack of the New Mexican town of Mora, carried out a month later by a band headed by one Colonel Warfield. The latter held an authorization from the Texas government similar to that granted Jacob Snively in February, 1843, to intercept the Santa Fe caravan on Texas soil "in honorable warfare" and to keep half the loot. McDaniel claimed to be an officer in the Texan army and to be on the way to enroll under Warfield when the murder occurred. H. Bailey Carroll in his authoritative account of the Snively expedition, "Steward A. Miller and the Snively Expedition of 1843," in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly for January, 1951, Volume LIV, shows (p. 275-278) that the murder and the sack of Mora were unrelated and claims that the latter was, in 1843, in accord with the practices of civilized nations, a sort of "land privateering." Rufus Sage in his Scenes in the Rocky Mountains and ... Texas, Philadelphia, 1846 (Wagner-Camp 123), tells at pages 244-270 of his enlisting with Warfield in February, 1843, of the sack of Mora, of Warfield's joining the Snively expedition in June, 1843, and of his subsequent election as commander of one of the groups into which the Snively expedition broke up after it was disarmed by Colonel Cooke of the United States Dragoons on June 30, 1843. For more on the Snively expedition see the note to Tyler's Message of December 3, 1844 (entry No. 1552).; Rader 20.; Locations: DLC.
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Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886.
     Texas and the Massachusetts Resolutions.
Boston. Eastburn's Press. 1844
1468; 54 p., blank leaf. 24 cm. Printed paper wrappers. Wrapper title same. This series of articles for the Boston Courier opposing annexation, by the son of John Quincy Adams, later American Minister to England at the time of our Civil War, discusses temperately the various arguments for and against annexation, especially those in Robert J. Walker's Letter of January, 1844. Adams states that though annexation would justify dissolution of the Union, the immediate policy of the Free States should be to continue their struggle against slavery. It appears from the text that this was published soon after the appointment of Calhoun as Secretary of State in March, 1844.; Rader 41. Raines, p. 2. Sabin 187.; Locations: CSmH. DLC. ICN. MH. NHi. Tx. TxDaM. TxGR. TxSa. TxU. TWS. Also other libraries.
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