INNERARITY (JOHN) PAPERS

(Mss. 1271, 1273)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
COLLECTION DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................... 5
CROSS REFERENCES .................................................................................................................. 8
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 10

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SUMMARY

Size.

48 items

Geographic locations.

Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana

Inclusive dates.

1800-1854

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English, French, Spanish

Summary.

Vice Consul of France in Pensacola and a member of the firm John Forbes and Company, which engaged in trade with Native Americans along the Gulf Coast. Correspondence documents shipment of goods, accounts, and purchases of slaves for a plantation in Georgia. Letters relating to Innerarity's French consular service (1835-1853) discuss land claims, political appointments, and the Mexican War.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

James Innerarity Letters, Mss. 908

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

John Innerarity Papers, Mss. 1271, 1273, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

B:50

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

John Innerarity was a Vice Consul of France at Pensacola, Florida. He was a member of the firm John Forbes and Company which was engaged in trade with Native Americans (particularly with the Creek Indians) along the Gulf Coast. John Forbes (1769-1823) founded the firm in 1804 as the successor to the trading company Panton, Leslie, and Company, founded by John Innerarity's brother-in-law, William Panton, and John Leslie. William Panton died at sea in 1801.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Correspondence includes letters from John Leslie to William Panton concerning shipments and prices of goods, a Native American raid led by William Bowles on a store owned by Panton, Leslie and Company, and the hiring of additional employees including John Innerarity.

Financial matters discussed in letters include accounts of Panton, Leslie and Company, shipments of goods, purchases and sales of slaves by John Innerarity and his brother James for a plantation in Georgia, the trial of individuals connected with William Bowles, and the succession of Henrietta Innerarity, John's sister.

Letters relating to Innerarity's French consular service (1835-1853) discuss land claims in the Floridas, political appointments, the activities of Andrew Jackson, and the Mexican War. Other issues discussed include personal financial matters, the slave trade, foreign sailing vessels, and a yellow fever epidemic in Mobile, Alabama (1834).

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Date

Contents

April 23, 1800

Letter from John Leslie, at London, to William Panton, at Pensacola, mentioning “adventures” of William Bowles in raid on Prospect Bluff shore at St. Mark's on Wakulla River, the capture of Oknomack with St. Augustine goods, ill luck in lottery drawing, employment of John Innerarity, Forbes' need for 2 clerks, and John's willingness to immigrate;

July 15, 1802

Letter from Leslie to John Forbes commenting on delay caused by discontinuance of postal service between Forbes and Georgia, decrease in price and value of shipping since Treaty of St. Amiens, shipments and selling price of skins and cedar, sale of Hamilton, failure of E. Gairdner and Son, proposed departure of John Innerarity, failure of the Cuban government and the Creek nation to stop depredations of Bowles and his outlaws in the Upper Towns, and the illness of Alexander McGillivray, Creek chieftain;

August 9, 1803

Copy of letter from Thomas Forbes, Nassau, to James Gairdner discussing accounts of Panton, Leslie, and Company with Edwin Gairdner and Company including payment for schooner Washington captured in service;

September 1802-January 1803

Copies of letters (pages 29-36) from Forbes principally to members of the firm concerning business matters, shipment of furs and hides and Indian goods, purchase of slaves by James and John Innerarity for plantation in Georgia, (September 30 and December 18, 1802), special treatment to be given Judge Kelsall, President of Court which tried rascals connected with Bowles, [at Nassau], (January 1, 1803);

August-September 1803

Copies of letters from Forbes principally to members of firm commenting on departure of transport Serapisa from Nassau with 6th West Indies Regiment for Barbados, Spanish alarm over prospect of war, possible plan of Napoleon to attack Gibraltar, firm's release of East Florida trade if desired by Governor H. White, and rumor that America will offer territory west of Mississippi as ceded by France to Spanish for East and West Florida, (August 29, 1803), and to Edwin Gairdner regarding financial matters including note from John Turnbull signed by Gairdner, (September 12, 1803);

June 28, 1803

1 letter from John Forbes, Pensacola, Florida to James Innerarity, in care of John Lind, New Orleans, stating Leslie hard pressed financially and wished to send slaves to Louisiana for sale if permission can be obtained from French;

1803

Fragment of a plot of John Forbes land on Acebo Creek, Georgia;

1803

1 list of lots in Pensacola belonging to Panton, Leslie and Co.;

Date

Contents

May 6, 1813

Certified copy of letter to Governor Kindelan from General Thomas Pinckney, ordering release of Forbes' slaves from Amelia Island, within the Florida line, in compliance with Treaty of San Lorenzo;

May 21, 1814

Letter to John Innerarity from A. H. Gordon, Nassau, commenting on Austria's leniency towards Napoleon, close of business in Nassau and East Florida;

July 24, 1814

Contract of George Skeate, London, with J. Forbes and Company at Pensacola;

August 30, 1815

Letter to Skeate from James Watt, London;

1815-1816

Lists of expenses at Liverpool and Pensacola;

November 29, 1814

Letter from John Innerarity, Pensacola, to his brother, James, at Mobile, stating Andrew Jackson touched by local suffering will allow place to be supplied; commenting on Jackson's taking John's horse because he thought it belonged to Colonel Nichols; requesting James to send vessel Henry to Bon Secours with supplies; and mentioning arrival of Brig. from Jamaica with rum and dry goods;

May 24, 1817

Letter to [John Forbes] concerning his withdrawal from the firm and division of property, mentioning Forstall's departure to New Orleans because of oppressive military service during reign of martial law, and Folch's (governor of Pensacola) “game” in regard to slaves;

May 8, 1818

Letter to John Innerarity, Mobile, from Matthew Hanna, Pensacola, stating Indians offered safe conduct to nation and pardon if they entered Fort Crawford;

October 5, 1828

Letter [in Spanish] to John Innerarity, Pensacola, from Marcos DeVilliers, Havana;

October 26, 1830

Letter to Innerarity from R.G. Bard, Mobile, recommending employment of merchant for possible of duty;

April 8, 1832

Letter to Innerarity from John Carnochan, “Rocky Comfort,” Gadsden, [Alabama], commenting on probable favorable decisions for Innerarity's land claims and stating Andrew Jackson “a curse to the country of late years;

April 8, 1833

Letter from J.M. Berrien, Savannah, Georgia, to J.M. White, Pensacola, regarding business matters and recovery of $500 from [John] Innerarity;

September 23, 1834

Letter from James Innerarity, nephew, Mobile, describing Mobile during yellow fever epidemic as a desolate place, with only 1,000 population and 320 deaths from September 1 through September 22, mentioning scarcity of mourning articles;

1835-1844

Letters to John Innerarity [in French] from the French Consulate in New Orleans

Date

Contents

concerning his appointment as French Consul agent and later vice consul at Pensacola;

September 28, 1835

Receipt of money from James Innerarity due children of John Innerarity from estate of Henrietta Innerarity, sister of John;

September 5, 1843

Document [in French] signed by John Innerarity bearing printed seal of the vice counsel of France at Pensacola;

1845-1847

4 letters [in French] to John Innerarity, Vice Consul of France, at Pensacola (January 17, 1845, October 31, 1845, May 4, 1846, and April 25, 1847);

May- December 1847

2 letters [in French] from Innerarity to Baron Aime Roger, French Consul General, in New Orleans (May 17 and December 9, 1847);

1847-1848

3 letters to Innerarity from Henry Wilson, military governor, at Vera Cruz, Mexico, discussing landing by British steamer of Mexican General Parades, an enemy of the United States (August 15, 1847); stating General Patterson organized forces to assist General Scott and mentioning departure soon of Bankhead, British minister (October 18, 1847); mentioning proposed visit of Commodore Perry to Pensacola, news from General Butler of ratification of peace treaty with Mexico, and removal of troops by transport to New Orleans (June 10, 1848);

January- June 1848

3 items of Innerarity concerning land claims including a copy of legal document concerning suit of the United States vs. John Innerarity in the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Florida at Tallahassee (January 15, 1848), a letter from Richard L. Campbell, judge, Marianna, Florida regarding Apalachicola land claims (March 5, 1848), letter to William P. Innerarity (son of John?) concerning financial matters and land claims on the Pascagoula and at Baton Rouge, (June 16, 1848);

[1840s]

1 copy, no date, of Spanish document (July 10, 1530) issued by King Carlos in Madrid to governors, alcaldes, mayors of the Indies;

1850-1853

2 letters [in French] to John Innerarity, Vice Consul of France, at Pensacola from Anthony Perrier, British Consul at Brest, France [January 10, 1850] and from Aime Roger, Consul of France, at New Orleans [September 10, 1853];

March 22, 1854

Letter to Innerarity, Acting Vice Consul of Great Britain, from the British Consul, W. Moreton Dyer, at Mobile, requesting information on the building of war vessels for the Russian Government.

CROSS REFERENCES

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Bowles, William Augustus, 1763 or 4-1805.

1800-1803

Government's failure to stop raids on stores of Panton, Leslie and Company; trial of rascals by Judge Kelsall, discussed in letters: April 1800; July 15, 1802; and January 1, 1803

Creek Indians.

1800-1803, 1818

Panton, Leslie and Company's trade with, 1800-1803; pardon of Creeks and safe conduct to Nation for return to Fort Crawford, Mark Hanna letter, May 8, 1818

Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.

1814, 1832

Occupation of Pensacola, John Innerarity letter, November 29, 1814; calls Jackson “a curse to the country of late years,” Jack Carnochan letter, April 8, 1832

Leslie, John.

1800-1803

Business matters affection Panton, Leslie and Co. in Floridas include comments on discontinuance of postal service, adverse effect of Treaty of St. Amiens on trade, shipments of skins and cedar, and Indian depredations, 2 letters by, April 23, 1800 and July 15, 1802; permission needed from French to sell slaves in Louisiana, John Forbes letter, June 28, 1803

Mexican War, 1846-1848.

1847-1848

Landing of enemy Mexican general by British ship; organization of forces by General Patterson to assist Winfield Scott; transportation of troops to New Orleans after peace treaty; 3 Henry Wilson letters: August 15 and October 18, 1847; June 10, 1848

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821.

1803, 1814

Possible plan to attack Gibraltar, Thomas Forbes; August 29, 1803; Austria's leniency regarding fate of Napoleon, John Innerarity: May 21, 1814

Pensacola (Fla.)--History--19th century.

1814

Occupation of Andrew Jackson, John Innerarity letter, November 29

Pinckney, Thomas, 1750-1828.

1813

Orders release of Forbe's Negroes from Amelia Island to comply with Treaty of San Lorenzo, 1 letter (copy) by Pinckney to Gov. Kindelan, May 6

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Trading companies--Florida.

1800-1818; 1848

Trading posts established by Panton, Leslie and Company and continued by its successor John Forbes and Company; land claims

Turnbull, John.

1803

Note guaranteed by Gairdner paid by Thomas Forbes, September 12,

Yellow fever--Alabama--Mobile.

1834

320 deaths from September 1-22, and population of only 1000; scarcity of mourning articles, James Innerarity letter, September 23

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folders

Contents

B:50

1

1a-1b

1800-1828

2

1830-1844

3

1845-1848

4

1850-1854