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Florida Manuscript Materials

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This collection holds materials from various manuscript collections in FSU's Special Collections & Archives. Each item will have its collection information in its metadata.

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1819 Bill of Sale
1819 Bill of Sale
A manuscript bill of sale for an enslaved person in Monticello, Florida.
Accounts page, U.S. Marshal sale of lands in Wakulla County, Florida
Accounts page, U.S. Marshal sale of lands in Wakulla County, Florida
Summary: An accounts page about the title of George W. Ladd of Bangor, Maine, to lands in Wakulla County, Florida, purchased at U.S. Marshal sale which is undated.
Articles of Agreement
Articles of Agreement
Scope and Contents: Three manuscript pages of two sharecropping contracts signed by the Winthrops and the contracted individuals with an X over their names. These contracts contain the terms of the annual rent for land near Tallahassee, Florida, such as acreage to be farmed, payment, and type of crop.
Bartholomew Lynch Journal
Bartholomew Lynch Journal
This item is a journal in manuscript kept by Private Bartholomew M. Lynch, commanded by Lieutenant John Graham during the Florida War, 1837-1839., Pages one and two are missing, and it begins with page three, October 3, 1836., He apparently received his initial training in the east, as he recorded successive progress in his training, and stated that he embarked in New York for Florida on board the "Southern liner called America" on December 28, 1836: landed in Charleston, South Carolina, and from there with his company proceeded to Florida. His day-by-day recordings are in detail and afford an exceptionally clear insight into army life of the period. Private Lynch was one of the few people privileged to see and have contact with Osceola, and his description of the famous Seminole Indian Chief is perhaps even more complete and impressive than any professional writer.
Bill of Sale
Bill of Sale
Manuscript documenting the sale of an enslaved woman, Jane, aged 25, her 3 year old and 7 month old children to F.A. Byrd for $1,050 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Blue plantation account book
Blue plantation account book
This financial ledger describes the costs of items needed for the Blue plantation. Includes the names and prices of enslaved people.
Captain John Rogers Vinton Seminole War letter
Captain John Rogers Vinton Seminole War letter
Scope and Contents: This item is a letter from Captain John Rogers Vinton at Fort New Smyrna, Florida and dated 1840. Addressed to his mother, it was written on his birthday and he wrote: "Since my last birthday, another year has passed over my head, and brought me to that period when it is my wont to make a retrospect of the past and pour out my thoughts to you. It has been a year of exile from civilized life - but not altogether profitless, and by no means an unhappy one..." His letter is highly religious and rather contradictory, as he wrote of having found "in the wilderness of Florida" many things pleasing to him. As Captain Vinton was at Fort Mellon and Fort Taylor in 1837 and 1838, his letter dated Fort New Smyrna, June 20, 1840, must have described the place. If so, compared with his rather recent experience against the Seminoles, it is understandable that he had difficulties in adjusting himself into the environments of an aristocratic British Colony where he had all the advantages which he so vividly described to his mother.
Collections other than Cash
Collections other than Cash
Ledger for payments in kind from May Williams, Noble Roberts, William Denmark, Luke Ammons, Henry Merrit, Wylie Hawkins, Charles Fottman, and Henderson Lawrence for cotton, coin, or hay paying rent. Some of these names appear throughout the collection. Much mention of tenant houses and tenants in the collection. Racial slurs used throughout. Thomas Bond and Lloyd involved with African Methodist church financially in Lloyd from insurance to potential foreclosure.
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Letter about John Leonard's labor.
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Reports on sharecrop for Jas Friorson and dividing assets between the two.
Estate Division of Slaves
Estate Division of Slaves
Division of Robert K. Shaw's estate probate in Gadsden County, Florida. Valued the total 47 enslaved people at $29,275. Split into 3 lots "as nearly as could be done without separating families..." Names and ages of enslaved people included in document. Valuation done at group level.
Gregory family notes and notebook 1781-1885
Gregory family notes and notebook 1781-1885
Summary: The notebook is a small book consisting of 33 leaves (6 blank) and 7 partial leaves. The major portion contains business transactions between Lewis Gregory and various other persons whose names or family names are found in early Gadsden County history. The business entries date from 1837 to 1861 and deal with various agricultural products including beef, pork, mutton, sugar, peas, tobacco, cotton, butter, etc. Near the back are found eleven pages of family records dating from 1781 to 1885.
Hint for the Consideration of White Men
Hint for the Consideration of White Men
Short manifesto on racial ideology during the Civil War era.
Invoice, Wakulla Camp to Daniel Ladd
Invoice, Wakulla Camp to Daniel Ladd
Summary: An invoice titled "Wakulla Camp to D. Ladd" which is undated
Itinerant Ministry Journal and Ledger
Itinerant Ministry Journal and Ledger
Leatherbound notebook containing the manuscript diary and cash accounts ledger of an unnamed itinerant Baptist minister, active in the American Southeast. Diary entries describe visits to locations in Florida, including Crawfordville, Flat Creek, Sopchoppy, and Tallahassee; and in Alabama, including Decatur and Gadsen. Official activities described include delivering sermons on scripture and Biblical figures; officiating wedding ceremonies; and conducting Sunday school classes. Personal activities described include visits with congregation members, farming duties, and traveling among different congregations.
J. & N. Hamlin Land Heirs accounts with Daniel Ladd
J. & N. Hamlin Land Heirs accounts with Daniel Ladd
Summary: The J. & N. Hamlin Land & Heirs account with Daniel Ladd. Dates mentioned are 1849, 1851, 1860 and 1887.
John Hollingsworth's Will
John Hollingsworth's Will
Typed transcription of the original manuscript will of John Hollingsworth. This will contains the names of enslaved people and their children and outlines how to divide enslaved people amongst inheritors along with financial valuations.
John Hollingsworth's Will
John Hollingsworth's Will
Incomplete original manuscript will of John Hollingsworth. This will contains the names of enslaved people and their children and outlines how to divide enslaved people amongst inheritors along with financial valuations.

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