In March 1812, a group of Georgia settlers known as the Patriot Army invaded Spanish East Florida with de facto support from the United States Government. They had hoped to convince the Spanish colonists to join them and declare Florida’s independence from Spain. The attempt ultimately failed, but during the Patriot Army’s temporary control of Fernandina, the group’s leaders drew up this constitution and formed a government for what they called the Republic of East Florida.
and sent on my official documents to you, in order Sir, that you may in time, lay them before your Government, for their deliberations. I shall continue Sir, at this place until I receive an answer from you, exclusive of the sense of Congress on the subject, which I hope Sir, will be as early as possible, and should the determination of Congress by favorable to my mission, I will Sir without delay repair to Washington, or any other place, that you may see proper to name.
I have the honor to be Sir with high consideration Your Most Obt. Honorable Servt.
Hon. James Munroe Esq. Wilson Conner
Secy of State 15 March 1814