Henry Shelton Sanford Accounts Collection

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Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman to Jacob Brock (June 4, 1871)
This is a check written on June 4, 1871 and addressed to Jacob Brock from Edwin G. Eastman in the amount of $16.50, likely related to a transaction involving Belair Grove. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman Paid to Self (June 8, 1871)
This is a check written on June 8, 1871 by Edwin G. Eastman, made payable to himself in the amount of $100.00, likely related to a transaction involving Belair Grove. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman to Manuel Medecis (June 8, 1871)
Personal check from Edwin G. Eastman paid to Manuel Medicis in the amount of $100.50 on June 8, 1871, likely related to a transaction involving Belair Grove. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially met through…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman to G. W. Twain (June 8, 1871)
Personal check from Edwin G. Eastman paid to G. W. Twain in the amount of $6.30 on June 8, 1871, likely related to a transaction involving Belair Grove. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially met through…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman Paid to Self (June 8, 1871)
This is a check written on June 8, 1871 by Edwin G. Eastman, made payable to himself in the amount of $80.00, likely related to a transaction involving Belair Grove. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially met…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman Paid to Self (May 23, 1871)
This is a personal check written on May 23, 1871 by Edwin G. Eastman and paid to self in the amount of $168.87. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially met through their mutual service in the U.S. Diplomatic…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman to Jacob Brock (June 6, 1871)
This is a personal check written on June 6, 1871 and addressed from Edwin G. Eastman to Jacob Brock in the amount of $16. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford. The two initially met through their mutual service in the U.S. Diplomatic…

Edwin G. Eastman Financial Transaction on Behalf of Henry S. Sanford (April 22, 1871)
This is a financial transaction written by Edwin G. Eastman for the company Fraser and Dice. It is presumably a makeshift personal check, written on ordinary writing paper. The written note requests that an amount of $1,000 be charged to the account…

John Clark Receipt of Payment for Edwin G. Eastman (June 8, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment created by John Clark, a Forwarding and Commission Merchant and a dealer of groceries and provisions. It was produced for Edwin G. Eastman, acknowledging payment for $80.67 of grocery and shipment costs. The grocery order…

Edwin G. Eastman Bank Account Statement (June 8, 1871)
This is a bank statement created by D. G. Ambler for Edwin G. Eastman. The statement provides a list of deposits and transfers between March and June 1871. Ambler was a banker located in Jacksonville, Florida, who handled the financial and banking…

Receipt of Payment from S. Johnson to Henry Shelton Sanford (July 18, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment created by S. Johnson for Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). On July 18, 1871, Sanford rented a horse and buggy for one day from S. Johnson. The cost of the rental was $7. According to the receipt, the rental served to…

Receipt of Payment for Edwin G. Eastman (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment produced for Edwin. G. Eastman. Eastman paid $5 from the account of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891) for an unspecified service or product to an undecipherable seller. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford.…

Erans Hotel Receipt of Payment for O. C. Rollins (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment produced for O. C. Rollins on July 20, 1871, by the Erans Hotel. The hotel charged Rollins $16 for eight days board. It is unclear where the Erans Hotel was located. It is also unclear who O. C. Rollins was or why he…

Receipt of Payment for Edwin G. Eastman from Joe Baker (July 17, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment for Edwin G. Eastman from Joe Baker written on July 17, 1871. Baker charged Eastman $5.00 "for consultation  advice in relation to a pair of horses bought." It is unclear who Joe Baker was. The two horses mentioned were…

Receipt of Payment for Edwin G. Eastman from M. Thayer (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt acknowledging full payment in the amount of $10. The money was paid from the account of Edwin G. Eastman on July 20, 1871. The payment was made to what appears to be M. Thayer. It is not clear what service or product the payment…

Receipt of Payment for Edwin G. Eastman from R. A. Sages (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment for Edwin G. Eastman from R. A. Sages, created on July 20, 1871. Eastman paid $28 for four linen horse sheets and tube halters, as well as other indiscernible objects. All of the objects purchased were accessories needed…

Acknowledgement of Sale of Horses for Edwin G. Eastman from M. Thayer (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment for Edwin G. Eastman, created by M. Thayer on July 20, 1871. In the receipt, Thayer acknowledges the sale of two horses to Eastman for $750. Thayer attests in the handwritten receipt that both horses are of generally…

Receipt of Payment for E. J. Medicis from W. Lyon and Company (July 20, 1871)
This is a receipt of payment for E. J. Medicis created by W. Lyon and Company on July 20, 1871. W. Lyon and Company were wholesale and retail dealers in groceries, provisions, hardware, crockery, and oils. The company was based in St. Augustine,…

Personal Check from Edwin G. Eastman to S. B. Hubbard (June 8, 1871)
This is a personal check written on June 8, 1871, and addressed from Edwin G. Eastman to S. B. Hubbard in the amount of $238.06. Eastman was an associate of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The two initially met through their mutual service in the…

Register of Letter from Henry Shelton Sanford to D. G. Ambler (August 2, 1871)
This document is an acknowledgement of a registered letter received by what appears to be the Post Office of Newport, Rhode Island, from Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891). The referenced letter was addressed to D. G. Ambler. Ambler was a banker…

Dublin Core

Title

Henry Shelton Sanford Accounts Collection

Alternative Title

Sanford Accounts Collection

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Sanford, Henry Shelton, 1823-1891
Banks and banking--Florida

Description

Collection of documents related to the financial accounts of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891), an American diplomat, lawyer, and businessman. Born in Derby, Connecticut, Sanford eventually joined the United States Diplomatic Corps in 1849. During his initial tenure in the Diplomatic Corps, Sanford served as Secretary of the American Legation at Paris. In 1853, he was promoted to the position of Chargé D'Affaires in France. In 1861, President Lincoln named Sanford as the U.S. Minister to Belgium. During the Civil War, Sanford served as a fiscal agent for the U.S. Government and supervised the U.S. Secret Service in Europe. After his tenure as Minister to Belgium, Sanford played a role in the establishment of the Congo Free State, a vast colony in Equatorial Africa under the direct control of the Belgian King Leopold II. In particular, it was Sanford who lobbied U.S. President Chester A. Arthur to recognize King Leopold's colony, a move that sparked broader international recognition of the Congo Free State. He also served as a delegate for the American Geographical Society at the International African Association Congress established by Leopold II and held in Brussels in 1887. Sanford organized the "Sanford Exploring Expedition," an expedition that served to answer scientific and commercial inquiries in the Congo.

Aside from his diplomatic career, Sanford was also a businessman and investor. He made several real estate investments in Florida in the late 1860s and early 1870s, the most notable being the purchase of the "Sanford Grant" in May 1870. The grant encompassed over 20 square miles and provided the basis for the town that eventually bore Sanford's name. Sanford was convinced that Florida would prove a profitable place to invest. Anticipating significant traffic and commerce by waterway, Sanford bought a land grant positioned on Lake Monroe along the St. Johns River. The city of Sanford thus became deemed the "Gate City of South Florida" - the southernmost stop along the river. During the 1870s, Sanford invested significant amounts of money to the development of his city - he built a wharf, several hotels, a general store, and a sawmill - all of which he hoped would spur investment and growth in the city. Sanford also developed several experimental citrus groves in his Florida city. The first was St. Gertrude's Grove. The second and more successful grove was Belair, developed in the early 1870s. Though Sanford never lived in Florida, he did visit occasionally from the late 1860s until his death in 1891. His diplomatic and business duties kept him preoccupied abroad, and most of his development in Florida was undertaken by representatives and confidants. Following the "Great Freeze" of 1888, Sanford's Belair grove was destroyed. Sanford was committed to rebuilding the grove and, in the late stages of his life, he committed his energies to his Florida investments. He died several years later though, and his wife Gertrude, in an effort to settle debts owed in Europe and elsewhere following his death, sold many of Sanford's properties in Florida.

Contributor

Is Part Of

Henry Shelton Sanford Papers Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Belair Grove, Lake Mary, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Provenance

Donated to the Connecticut Historical Society after 1901.
Loaned to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for processing until June 1, 1960.
Donated to the General Henry S. Sanford Memorial Library, Sanford Museum in 1960.

Rights Holder

The displayed collection item is housed at the General Henry S. Sanford Memorial Library, Sanford Museum in Sanford, Florida. Rights to this item belong to the said institution, and therefore inquiries about the item should be directed there. RICHES of Central Florida has obtained permission from the Sanford Museum to display this item for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura
Fedorka, Drew M.

Digital Collection

Source Repository

General Henry S. Sanford Memorial Library, Sanford Museum

External Reference

Fry, Joseph A. Henry S. Sanford: Diplomacy and Business in Nineteenth-Century America. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 1982.
Westgate, Philip J., and R. Bruce Ledin. "Belair Groves, Sanford, Pioneer in Sub-Tropical Horticultural Introductions." Florida State Horticultural Society 66 (1953): 184-187.
Sanford: Central Florida's Waterfront Gateway. Sanford, Florida: City of Sanford, 2005.
Florida Citrus Mutual. "Sydney Chase Sr. (1860-1941)." Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, 2012.

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