Port St. Joe Centennial Medal and Florida Centennial envelope and stamps, 1838-1945 | FSU Special Collections, Archives & Manuscripts
Correspondence, medal. This collection contains materials related to the establishing and naming of Port St. Joe, including a letter by George I. F. Clark, Charleston, South Carolina, dated May 1, 1823, and is addressed to the Honorable John Q. Adams, Department of State, Washington, in which he wrote: "... I had the honor of commanding under the Spanish government those ports of East Florida laying west and north of St. Johns River, expecting only Amelia Island, that of Surveyor General, and one of my places of residence was the town of Fernandina when the place fell into the hands of the General McGregor. I was absent at the time, and did not return - it had become necessary for me to keep between him and his successors in farther progression into the province, and to endeavor by every means, to check ... the passage of Negro and other cargo piratically acquired and that of dissolute characters thrown together in such scenes of iniquity.
And the better to effect those and other objects beneficial to both governments, I took a house of occasional residence in the town of St. Marys, Georgia., obtained a power as consular agenty there from H. C. Majesty's consulate for the Carolinas and Georgia and established a regular mail from thence through East Florida. Fernandina having been taken possession of by your troops, the passage of all the waters of Florida ... became shut against foreign vessels by instructions to the collector of St. Marys from his government founded on the absence of a Spanish port of entry. The French ship APOLLON ... came into those waters in quest of port. Her captain proceeded to St. Augustine and the deputy collector of that city brought me orders from my then government to select and lay out a proper place for a port of entry and orders to govern it. I paced about seven miles from Georgia, and called if Port St. Joseph. The APOLLO was taken to it, entered and moored, and immediately after I officially communicated
to the collector of St. Marys the presence of that port of entry..." Other persons mentioned in the letter were: Colonel James G. Forbes of New York, Honorable Judge Johnston, Don Luis D'Onis, and Don Mateo de la Serna.