Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828

From: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878, Series S 2153

Letter, page 2


The following transcription of Wyatt’s letter contains all of the original text (no changes have been made in spelling or grammar).

Tallahassee April 22 1828

To his Excellency William P. Duval

Governor of Florida


My proposals for building the capitol has this day been rejected by the commissioner of the city of Tallahassee, which was lower by 9,000 Dollars then the one given by Messrs Thornton and Willis, which he has accepted, and is about to close the contract with. I think that the interest of the Territory require that the capitol should be built on the best possible terms, at any rate the sum of nine thousand dollars should not be paid over and above, the amount I am willing to complete it for.

I will call the attention of Your Excellency to the 11 th section of a Law laying off the Town of Tallahassee when it is made the duty of the governor to correct any conduct of this sort by the commissioner, as well as to gain the interest of the Territory, in the erection of the public buildings. I have coppies of my proposals and can sadisfy you on this subject at any time.

Respectfully yr servt

W. Wyatt