Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Nicholas Peck Letter

Manuscript Collection: MC202

Collection Summary

Creator: Peck, Nicholas
Title: Nicholas Peck letter
Dates: 1835-1963
Abstract: The November 1835 letter from Nicholas Peck to his wife describes his situation in Texas, and the battles of Gonzales, Lipantitlán, and the siege of Bexar.
Identification: MC202
Quantity: 9 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Nicholas Peck Jr. was born in 1789 in Bristol, Rhode Island, the son of merchant Nicholas Peck and his wife Elizabeth Smith. He joined with his father in maritime commerce, shipping cargos of lumber, produce, tobacco, cotton, rum, and slaves, and was a sea captain. In 1832 he moved to Texas, and settled in Gonzales. Peck joined the Texas Army in October of 1835, and participated in the Battle of Gonzales, the Siege of Bexar, and in the Battle of San Jacinto under Captain Moseley Baker. Peck married Ann Bradford, known as Nancey, and they had several children, including Benjamin B., John, Nancy, and William De Wolf Peck. Nicholas Peck Jr. died in 1838.

Scope and Content Note

The Nicholas Peck letter was written November 13-26, 1835, in Gonzales, Texas, and near San Antonio, to Nancey Peck in Bristol, Rhode Island. The letter describes Peck's participation with the Texas Army in the Battle of Gonzales and the beginning of the Siege of Bexar, news of the Battle of Lipantitlán, agricultural conditions, and his desire to have his sons join him in Texas. A transcript of the letter and a Photostatic copy, as well as a biographical note written by San Jacinto Museum of History director Dorothy W. Knepper in 1963, complete the collection.


Arrangement is by material type.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Peck, Nicholas, 1789-1838
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Siege, 1835
Texas--History--Revolution, 1836
Gonzales, Battle of, Gonzales, Tex., 1835
Lipantitlán, Battle of, Tex., 1835

Archivist's Note

Related papers concerning Nicholas Peck Jr.'s commercial activities are located in the Nicholas Peck [Sr.] Papers, in the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Nicholas Peck Letter, MC202, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Purchased from Symmanchus Trading Co., August 1, 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa A. Struthers, 2014.


Nicholas Peck Papers, Rhode Island Historical Society.

Dixon, Sam Houston and Louis Wiltz Kemp. The Heroes of San Jacinto. Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1932.

"Peck. Nicholas Peck." DeWitt Colony Biographies, Gonzales Town Residents, Town Lot Owners


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173.5 1 Correspondence 1835 November 13-1835 November 26

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173.5 2 Transcript undated: between 1942 and 1970

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173.5 3 Biographical note 1963 January 3

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173.5 4 Photostat undated: 1950