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Documents of the British possessions of East and West Florida

 Collection — Box: 138
Identifier: MSS 0-32

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 40 signed documents, 7 autographed letters signed, and 6 letters signed, relating to the civil and military administration of the British possessions of East and West Florida. This is an important collection of manuscript material, apparently all unpublished, related to East and West Florida, which was part of the British Empire just prior to the American Revolution. Both were obtained from Spain at the Treaty of Paris in 1763. West Florida was captured by Governor Galvez of Louisiana in 1781, and East Florida reverted to Spain and was evacuated in 1784.

Included in this collection are materials related to the following persons and topics: Major John Campbell, Lt. Col. Ralph Walsh, General Sir Frederick Haldimand, George Johnstone (Governor of West Florida), Patrick Tonyn (Governor of East Florida), Lt. Col. James Bruce, Peter Chester (Governor of West Florida), Lt. Col. M. G. Glasier, Pensacola, Florida, Lt. Gov. Monforte Brown, fortifications at Pensacola, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, troop movements from Pensacola and Mobile to the Mississippi River, St. Augustine, Florida, James Moore, Rangers, Lord George Germain (Secretary of State for the Colonies), Charlestown, South Carolina, military and naval intelligence, Lords of the Treasury, construction in Pensacola, French and rebel attacks, Johnstown, New York, and London. There are 42 items on West Florida and 11 items on East Florida.


  • Created: 1762-1801
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1957

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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Custodial History

These papers are from a large collection from the British Treasury and army paymaster's papers which were in possession of John G. Bell of Manchester, in 1857, and which were later acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from H. P. Kraus

Processing Information

Processed April 16, 1964.

Documents of the British possessions of East and West Florida
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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