Letters Concerning Spanish Spies in Florida During the Spanish-American War, 1898

From: Governor Bloxham, Correspondence, 1897-1901, Series 578; and Governor, Territorial and State Governors' Letterbooks, 1836-1909, Series 32


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Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 29th 1898

To His Excellency the Governor of Florida

Dr Sir

I beg to ask your excellency for position to
look up Spanish Spies in Florida. There are no
doubt many in this Country this is Spains means
of warfare barbarism destruction of life and
property - Enclosed please find my history
and references. I have filed a bond of $5000
here to act as a State Detective but there is
nothing much to do in this State I have been
Employed in the English Detective Service and

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can Easy detect Suspicious Characters
I trust your Excellency can offer me employment
To detect and Inhuman Spanish Spies that
may be plotting to destroy life and property
in Florida if you cannot offer me position
Kindly return my history I can furnish you any
letters of recommendation you may require
Yours faithfully
Chas Ainge
Member of the
Inter-State Sheriffs' Association
P.O. Box 63
Atlantic City, New Jersey

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May 2, 1898
Chas. Ainge, Esq.,
Atlantic City,
New Jersy.
Dear Sr:-
Your favor of April 29th, offering to look up Spanish spies
in the state of Florida, duly received. The Governor has no funds what-
ever with which to employ such an agent; and consequently I beg leave
to return you herein the papers enclosed.
I should suppose that the war Department at Washington would
have means to employ such an officer. I would be pleased to consider
the matter had the Legislature made any appropriation looking in that
Very truly yours,
W.D. Bloxham
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