At the time of the war with the Seminoles a northern attorney, Charles Walker, spent some time at Key West. While there he sent two detailed letters to an uncle and aunt, Timothy Walker and his wife, Lydia, in his native Concord, New Hampshire. The pleasing style and keen observation of the writer afford a vivid picture of Key West shortly before 1840.
"The City of Wreckers: Two Key West letters of 1838,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 25
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol25/iss2/5