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Territorial and State Governors letterbooks, 1836-1909.
Terms Governing Use:
*****The Florida Historical Society must be credited as the custodian of the original records in any use of Volume 6, Governor Milton, 1861-1863, by the State Archives of Florida.
The series contains the official outgoing correspondence, in bound letterpress volumes, of Florida's territorial and state governors from 1836-1909. The records reflect the official, constitutional, and political duties of the Office of Governor. The series includes the correspondence of Governors Richard Keith Call (1835-1840, 1841-1844); Robert Raymond Reid (1840-1841); John Branch (1844-1845); William D. Moseley (1845-1849); Thomas Brown (1849-1853); James E. Broome (1853-1857); John Milton (1861-1865); A. K. Allison (1865); Ossian B. Hart (1873-1874); M. L. Stearns (1874-1877); George F. Drew (1877-1881); William D. Bloxham (1881-1885, 1897-1901); Edward A. Perry (1885-1889); Francis P. Fleming (1889-1893); Henry L. Mitchell (1893-1897); William S. Jennings (1901-1905); Napoleon B. Broward (1905-1909); and Albert W. Gilchrist (1909-1913).
All the letterbooks are originals except for Volume 6, which is a photocopy of the first of two John Milton letterbooks (1861-1863). This volume, as well as volumes 1-5, 8-9, 11-16, 18-19, and 21-38, have been digitized from the originals.
The original of Volume 6 (John Milton, 1861-1863) is in the custody of the Florida Historical Society. Both the photocopies and the digital reproduction of this volume include both the letterbook itself and additional correspondence found with the letterbook. Much of the letterbook concerns military affairs and the defenses of Florida, and in addition to the outgoing correspondence, it includes copies of letters received from such prominent Confederate leaders as Judah P. Benjamin, Jefferson Davis, and David Levy Yulee written into the letter book by Milton's secretary. The additional correspondence found with the letterbook includes six letters from Stephen R. Mallory, Secretary of the Confederate Navy; a letter from A.H. Bush advising Governor Milton about the legalities of secession; and a letter from Dr. Thomas Palmer describing various battles. Also included are notices written by Milton found interfiled among the pages of the letterbook.
In addition to governor's correspondence, Volume 2 (1844) contains the correspondence of Thomas Duval, Secretary to Governor Branch and Volume 83 contains military appointments of the Adjutant General from 1908-1909.
Volume listing available.
Additional Physical Form:
John Milton's letterbooks (1861-1863) have been digitized and are available on the Florida Memory web site: https://www.floridamemory.com/discover/historical_records/milton/
Digital copies available for Volumes 1-6, 8-9, 11-16, 18-19 and 21-38.
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
The original John Milton letterbook (Volume 6, 1861-1863) is part of the collections of the Florida Historical Society (collection M92-1).
This collection was organized from a number of accessions of materials transferred from the State Library of Florida.