Letter from John Blunt to William S. Pope, 1833

Letter from John Blunt to William S. Pope, 1833

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H.E. Pope,
Postmaster.

Sneads, FLA.,
Blountstown May 3 1833

Judge Pope

My dear Agent and friend on Tuesday last I went to the woods to gather my cattle Thought all friends white man red man and black man. That night two white men come to my house took my axe broke my door down took my money all. All my clothes, two trunks with all Mrs. Blunts clothes with a large amount of domesticks, as our agent please come down as soon as you receive this. My wife saw the men & I know them as well as any member of my family. Some of my white friends think if you will come immediately that ways and means might be adjudged so that I might apart or perhaps two thirds of my money If you do not come immediately the men will go off before they can be brought to justice or I get my money or clothes

Source

State Archives of Florida: Collection N2007-1, Box 01, Folder 1

Description

Letter from John Blunt, chief of the Apalachicola Indians, to Judge William S. Pope regarding a robbery that occured at his house. Blunt is pleading to Pope, the local Indian agent, to come help him retreive his money and belongings. During this time, white settlers from Georgia, Alabama and Florida repeatedly harassed the Apalachicolas by stealing their livestock and slaves, despite Blunt's long-standing cooperation with the Americans. Officials seemed powerless or unwilling to stop these raids on the Apalachicola reservations, which were created along the banks of the Apalachicola River.

Date

May 3, 1833

Creator

Blunt, John

Format

Letters (correspondence)

Coverage

Territorial Florida (1821-1845)

General Note

John Blunt (or Blount), for whom Blountstown, Florida, is named, was born to a Creek mother and European father sometime in the mid-18th century. Blunt grew up in Tuckabatchee, a large Upper Creek town located on the Tallapoosa River in what is now central Alabama.