List of Recipients of Oranges from Belair Grove (January 18, 1883)

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Title

List of Recipients of Oranges from Belair Grove (January 18, 1883)

Alternative Title

Belair Orange Recipients

Subject

Citrus--Florida
Sanford (Fla.)
Sanford, Henry Shelton, 1823-1891

Description

A memorandum listing recipients of oranges sent from Belair Grove in Sanford, Florida, dated January 18, 1883. The list denoted recipients of full boxes and half boxes of oranges. Recipients included J. S. Mack, Major W. D. Buckham, the wife of Lieutenant Aulick Palmer, J. H. Hammersley, H. O. Conner, and W. A. H. Wright. The boxes of oranges were presumably sent at the request of Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891), the owner of Belair Grove, though it is not clear how he knew the recipients. 

During that period, Henry Sanford, the owner of Belair Grove, actively courted President Arthur and high-ranking Republicans in the U.S Congress as part of his bid to win recognition in the country, and with it, international legitimacy, for King Leopold II (1835-1909) of Belgium's colonial enterprise in the Congo, what would become known as the Congo Free State. In 1883, acting on behalf of the King Leopold, Sanford mounted a lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. Preceding these efforts, Sanford regularly corresponded with the President and influential legislators about the Belgian Congo. As part of his lobbying efforts, Sanford regularly sent boxes of Florida oranges to high-ranking officials. This list of recipients reflects the efforts of Sanford to sway public figures in positions of power.

Source

Original memorandum, January 18, 1883: box 52, folder 5, subfolder 52.5.2, Henry Shelton Sanford Papers, General Henry S. Sanford Memorial Library, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created

1883-01-18

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original memorandum, January 18, 1883.

Is Part Of

Box 52, folder 5, Henry Shelton Sanford Papers, General Henry S. Sanford Memorial Library, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Belair Grove Collection, Henry Shelton Sanford Papers Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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image/jpg

Extent

88.1 KB

Medium

1-page handwritten memorandum

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Belair Grove, Lake Mary, Florida
Washington, D.C.

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Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

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

Fedorka, Drew M.

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External Reference

Hochschild, Adam. King Leopoldís Ghost. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

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