Letter, 1836 Jan. 9, Tallahassee, [Florida] / J[oh]n H[enry] Eaton, Governor [of Florida]

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Letter, 1836 Jan. 9, Tallahassee, [Florida] / J[oh]n H[enry] Eaton, Governor [of Florida]
Florida. Governor (1834-1835 : Eaton)
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Military assistance
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
Military service, Voluntary
United States, Florida, 27.664827, -81.515754
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This is a letter dated January 9, 1836, from John Henry Eaton, former U. S. Secretary of War (1829-1831) and Governor of the Florida territory (1834-1836) to an unknown recipient (possibly the Governor of Georgia, William Schley). Eaton reports on the recent events of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) and mentions the lack of arms, ammunition, and troops as major obstacles. He requests assistance and remarks on the possibility of uniting forces already deployed with volunteer militiamen from Georgia.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
2 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 03, folder 18, document 03.
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Tallahassee Florida

9. Jany. [January] 1836
Dr. [Dear] Sir
I wrote you by last mail an accont [account] of the recent battle had with the Indians.
To day [Today] genl. [general] Brown adjutant genl. [general], of this Territory proceeds to your State (Augusta) to endeavor to obtain arms, &c. [et cetera] I have written to the Sec [Secretary] of War for an order to the arsenal officer at Augusta. My letter tho [though], is but two days in advance, & hence am I greatly in hopes, that under the exegencies [exigencies] of the case, the officer at the arsenal will act at once. Will you do me the favor, to give general Brown a letter, urging this matter- Your influence may & will greatly assist him.
We have no arms, that can be serviceable; & [unclear text: in that ] our population is extremely sparse, & not numerous Emboldened by their recent fright, the Indians may make their assaults upon our frontier, and upon yours. True policy then suggests, that the war be prosecuted in their own limits, as the most effectual mean of keeping them at home; and true economy points to the necessity of sending a strong force at once to overawe these people. The war prevailing on yr. [your] frontier, may it not give you a power to call upon the militia, ready to unite at some agreed point, say the Suwannee, on a day to be fixed upon. If you distrust the exercise of this power, an encouragement on your part for volunteers would no doubt induce many to turn out. Should you conclude to act I pray you let yr. [your] troop be speedily raised, ready to march soon as concert can be gone into

with great respect
[Signed] Jn. H [John Henry] Eaton

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I enclose you a report of Brigr. Genl [Brigadier General] Call touching the state of affairs & the recent fight with the Indians --

Governor Eaton

9th January 1836.
Florida expedition