While touring Florida during the winter of 1867 as agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company, which hoped to revitalize its pre-war colonizing efforts, James F. B. Marshall regularly corresponded with company officers: Thomas B. Forbush, secretary, and Edward Everett Hale, vice-president. His letters to Forbush were shared with prospective emigrants and used in the secretary’s publication, Florida: The Advantages and Inducements Which It Offers to Immigrants. In writing to Hale, Marshall offered more confidential observations relating to people he contacted, especially politicians, businessmen, government land agents, large property owners, and speculators, in short, anyone who might be able to offer land, or other inducements, be willing to invest in the company enterprise, or be interested in aiding northern colonists to help bring about radical social and political change in the tropical paradise.
Clark, Patricia P.
"Florida, "Our Own Italy": James F. B. Marshall's Post-Civil War Letters to Edward Everett Hale,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 59
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol59/iss1/6