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A Guide to the Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers

Finding aid created by Roger Smith (Original description written by Elizabeth Howard West)

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2008

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Greenslade, Marie Taylor
Title: Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers
Dates: 1764-1900
Abstract: Collection of personal letters and business correspondence pertaining to the Panton, Leslie, and Company, and their successors John Forbes and Company, by entrepreneur John Innerarity.
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet. 6 Boxes.
Identification: MS 48
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marie Taylor Greenslade is a descendent of John Innerarity, an associate in the Panton, Leslie, and Company, as well as the successors, John Forbes and Company.

Scope and Content

The Greenslade Papers are comprised of business correspondence (accounts, etc.), especially of Panton, Leslie and Co., and their successors, John Forbes and Co. The collection also includes court records pertaining to lawsuits to recover moneys due, business activities, property and slaves, etc. Other documents include ship's papers, market reports, powers-of-attorney, documents regarding land ownership, particularly in Pensacola and southern Alabama, and Pantons' estate.

The correspondence from Panton, Leslie and Co., and John Forbes and Co. forms an especially interesting part of the collection. It primarily consists of letters between their various business concerns in Pensacola, St. Augustine, Nassau (Bahamas), London; their business associates in Havana, Madrid, New York, Vera Cruz, etc.; and their branches in Mobile, New Orleans, etc. Additionally there is correspondence with the traders Daniel McGillvary, and with Spanish and American government officials, Indian (Native American tribes) chiefs, etc.

Though much of it is in the nature of routine business material, taken as a whole it does form an interesting and valuable part of the material on the history of Florida and the southern United States frontier from 1764 to 1900. As much as half of the collection is in Spanish, and the bulk of the collection has been duplicated (photocopies are included).

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

For additional materials see the Heloise Cruzat Papers held in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. Other typescripts of these documents are held by the Florida Historical Society.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 (1768-1797) 31 letters. Includes extracts of treaties between the Cherokee, Creek (Upper and Lower), Choctaw, Chickasaw, Catawba Indians and the governors or lieutenant governors of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida. The treaties establish official boundaries between the colonies and Native American hunting grounds. Other letters include correspondence between Gov. Zespedes and other Spanish officials.
1 2 (1798) 14 letters. Correspondence discusses global business matters from London to the cities of the Baltic Sea to Chickasaw villages (even the Irish Lottery). Also mentions the insurance rates of Lloyds of London.
1 3 (1799) 16 letters. Includes letters from Daniel McGillivray, and a Creek congress with Arthur O'Neill, governor of West Florida. Also discuss the hardships on business from the war between England, France, and Spain.
1 4 (1800-1801) 36 letters. Correspondence with Daniel McGillivray, Donald McQueen, and John Forbes; letters explaining the boundaries of the U.S. and Napoleonic France.
1 5 (1802-1803) 19 letters. Includes an interesting 7-day journal of a trip through Indian lands, and William Panton's will.
1 6 (1804-1810) 31 letters. Includes a letter to the president of the United States, though it doesn't say who (most likely Thomas Jefferson given other circumstances mentioned in the letter). This letter discusses the settling of Choctaw debts to the U.S. by the granting of Indian lands to the company. Waiting for Congress to ratify a treaty to make this legal.
1 7 (1811-1812) 27 letters. Includes the will of James Innerarity and a promissory note with the Creek nation for trade goods.
2 1 "Map of Pensacola dated 1814." Although it's labeled a map, the folder contains translations from the plan of the town map and its "contiguous new suburb of Gardens."
2 2 (1813-1814) 24 letters. Includes invoices to the U.S. Navy for goods sold to the U.S.S. Sea Dog and the U.S.S. Polecat. There is also a deposition by john Innerarity against Lt. Col. Edward Nichols of the British Royal Marines for stealing 23 slaves and 46 barrels of gunpowder.
2 3 (1815-1816) 27 letters. Includes a letter from Andrew Jackson to James Innerarity concerning the confiscated lands of Innerarity and a Mr. Fortinales of Pensacola. There are several letters involving the actions of British troops under Lt. Col. Nichols and Capt. Woodbine during the War of 1812.
2 4 (1817-1818) 27 letters. Includes the results of the Woodbine investigation. Several letters concern the purchase and sale of slaves.
2 5 (1819-1824) 29 letters. Discussions concerning the impact of the cession of Florida to the U.S.; will hurt business due to the King of Spain's annulment of all land grants since 1802. Good look at the business perspective of the cession of Florida to the U.S. Note: Jackson was the man of this region in the election of 1824-Adams is referred to as "villainous."
2 6 (1825-1829) 24 letters. Includes discussions concerning the payment of Native American debts to the U.S. government. Personal bickering between the Innerarity brothers.
2 7 (1833-1837) 32 letters and 2 ledger sheets. Includes business correspondence and information on the cholera epidemic which hit London in 1833.
3 1 (1938-1842) 17 letters. Many concern legal and financial woes, including a lawsuit between James Innerarity's and William Panton's heirs.
3 2 (1843-1849) 28 letters. Includes several original Photostats and many of the letters are in French. Discipline of slaves is discussed in the first letter and the abusive language shows great disdain for these people. There is also a document from the "Army of Occupation" in Matanzas.
3 3 (1851-1860; 1874-1899) 24 letters. Includes the "Disposition of Mayor in relation to the deportation of slaves." Also includes loose maps, plots, and company ledgers.
3 4 (1900) 7 letters. Most concern the history of Pensacola and the company.
3 5 Miscellaneous Undated. Small collection of notes by family members concerning the Innerarity legacy.
4 1 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1765-1797.
4 2 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1798-1800.
4 3 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1801-1804.
4 4 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1805-1811.
4 5 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1812.
4 6 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1813-1814.
4 7 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1814.
4 8 Duplicate documents from Boxes 1 and 2. 1814.
5 1 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1815.
5 2 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1816.
5 3 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1817-1818.
5 4 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1819-1825.
5 5 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1826-1830.
5 6 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1831-1835.
5 7 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1836-1840.
6 1 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1842-1853.
6 2 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. 1854-1900.
6 3 Duplicate documents from Boxes 2 and 3. Miscellaneous Undated.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

John Forbes & Company.
John Leslie and Company.
Panton, Leslie & Company.

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