This subject can best be introduced with concrete illustrations. A year ago several Tallahasseeans interested in Florida history heard that many old letters and books were in the attic of a near-by plantation house which had been built more than twenty years before the Civil War. Attracted there, they found the unfinished attic littered with business and social letters, documents, and books - all of ante-bellum days. The greatest prize discovered was a dilapidated journal of the overseer of the slaves, of which there were more than one hundred on the place as early as 1836. As this journal gave an account of what was done by the slaves from day to day, they saw at once that it was of the greatest value as a record of the social and economic conditions of early American Florida. In fact, one of the party believes that it is the most valuable document on that subject which has come to light in this state, if not in the entire South.
Society, Florida Historical
"The Importance of Historical Societies,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 3:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol3/iss3/3