Congressman James Mott was worried about his nephew. It was years since young James Holmes had left his family in Monmouth, New Jersey, to seek his fortune in Georgia. Finally, in January 1804, the congressman wrote Peter Freneau, also a Monmouth man, who had settled in the south, and had lived in Charleston since the close of the Revolution, and was now editing the influential City Gazette of that city.
"James Holmes’s Florida Plantation, 1804,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 20:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol20/iss1/5