1835 Stampless Letter St Augustine Florida Territory Indian War In This Place For Sale

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Stampless Letter

December 13th, 1835

St. Augustine, Florida

Henry Ferris to Mr. Clairborne Ferris

Care of James Ferris Jr.,

(?sp) Bayard St., New York

Stampless Letter

December 13th, 1835

St. Augustine, Florida

Henry Ferris to Mr. Clairborne Ferris

Care of James Ferris Jr.,

Bayard St., New York

Interesting stampless letter, dated Dec 13th 1835, about potential Indian War, from the territory of Florida, written by Henry Ferris from his plantation, which was 18 Miles North of St Augustine, Florida, to Mr. Clairborne Ferris Care of James Ferris Jr., (?sp) Bayard St., New York.

The letter is a single sheet folded to make 4 pages containing a 2 3/4 page manuscript letter from Henry Ferris to Claiborne Ferris [of the Winchester, New York Ferris’], It is postmarked Dec 16 St Augustine, remnant of wax seal still attached. The cancel is a bit blurred and faded, (see scans), the letter has several closed tears at the creases and chipped with loss barely effecting text of the letter where it was sealed. The tear does go through the text in the address block but not the cancel otherwise it is still in good condition, please see scans and if there are any questions please ask and you can expect a quick response.

Interestingly on the second page of the letter: I have not much new to communicate except that we are like to have a Indian War in this place but I am in hopes it will be confined to the interior of the County about the nation which is 100 Miles West of this if they should show their Red faces about here I shall make my exit directly for I have no idea of a bush fight with those Chaps They are too quick fighter for me They can see a man through a Pine Tree and shoot him round it. I will retreat to St. Augustine and from the City in the fort that cost the King of Spain enough to build it of gold there I can have an equal chance with them…

Plantation Florida Dec 13th 1835. The letter begins with a congratulatory message to Claiborne Ferris for his appointment as Clerk to one of the Justices Court and hopes that he will be pleased with the situation and it presenting future opportunities to better himself when he becomes better known in the political world. Henry continues with inquires about which one of their relatives ran for Congress and that “it might have been the latter who took it in his head to break the ranks of Old Tamany which I should say is very impolite”…

The letter goes on to mention that there is a Schooner here at present and will be in New York and request Clairborne to send him certain items to include wool socks, a New Year’s Cake and pair of his old pantaloons that he can patch and wear on the plantation.

Signed: Yours Respectfully Henry Ferris.

In 1834 Henry Ferris purchased 175 acres of land, approx. 17 mile north of St Augustine, Territory of Florida, from the heirs of Francis Arnou. The land had been granted to Frances Arnou by the Spanish Government on the 24th of April 1807. Henry Ferris was a slave holder.

Claiborne Ferris was a prominent Westchester New York resident and descendent of one of the original settelers of the Town.

An early Florida stampless letter with interesting content, it requires more research and will be a wonderful acquisition for a Postal or Florida historian.

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