John Chrystie wrote long, interesting letters from Apalachicola to the folks back home in New York. In a series of nine letters, written during the 1838-1839 and 1839-1840 business seasons, he described life in that busy cotton port. He wrote to his brother, Tom; to his brother’s wife, Sis; and especially to his close friend, probably a cousin, Albert, about life in a young, fast-growing, frontier town in the territory of Florida. Business, social, and civic life were all of interest to the impressionable young man, and he had very definite ideas and opinions about most of what was going on around him.
"Apalachicola in 1838-1840: Letters from a Young Cotton Warehouse Clerk,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 68:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol68/iss3/5