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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M84- 16
Creator: Call, R.K. 1791-1862
Title, Dates: Correspondence, 1820-1860.
Amount: 3.00 item
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Biographical/Historical:     The third and fifth territorial governor of Florida, Richard Keith Call came to Florida in 1814 as a soldier with General Andrew Jackson.  Serving as personal aide to Jackson, Call helped set up Florida's territorial government at Pensacola in 1821.  The next year, he started a law practice there.  Successively, he was a member of the Legislative Council, delegate to Congress, receiver of the West Florida land office, brigadier general of the West Florida militia and territorial governor.  Commanding the troops in the Seminole war while governor, Call routed the Indians in the second and third battles of Wahoo Swamp.  He was removed as governor because of controversy with Federal authorities over help for Florida in the Indian conflict.  When Florida became a state in 1845, Call ran for governor but was defeated.
Summary:     The collection contains letters written to or relating to General Call.  Included is a January 20, 1820 letter from General Edmund P. Gaines to Edmund Doyle, an Indian trader on the Apalachicola River. Gaines asks Doyle to communicate to the chiefs of the "Seminoles" and the Red Stick Creeks the desire of the United States Government to negotiate a treaty.  Also included is a December 1826 letter from Andrew Jackson to Richard Keith Call dealing primarily with Call's disagreement with Colonel Joseph White and the settlement of Call's father-in-law's will.  Jackson notes his feelings toward Call.  The third letter is from Edward Everett to Richard Keith Call, dated December 31, 1860.  Everett, a noted Massachusetts orator, thanks the General for sending him copies of Call's recent pro-union, anti-secession pamphlet, "An Address to the People of Florida from General Richard Keith Call." Everett comments on the secession crisis and his belief that General Winfield Scott should be given temporary dictatorial powers to prevent civil war.
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Subject Access Fields: Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866
Secession.
Indians of North America Wars 1815-1875
Seminole Indians Wars
Florida Politics and government 1821-1865
Added Entries Everett, Edward, 1794-1865
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Gaines, Edmund Pendleton, 1777-1849