Letter from R. R. Reid to Bishop John Moore (June 6, 1881)


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Letter from R. R. Reid to Bishop John Moore (June 6, 1881)

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Letter from Reid to Bishop Moore (June 6, 1881)


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A letter of correspondence between R. R. Reid, a property and store owner in Palatka, and Bishop John Moore over the purchase of a plot of land. At the time, Bishop Moore was in charge of the St. Augustine Catholic Diocese, which included Orlando, Florida. In 1881, he purchased a block in Downtown Orlando that was encompassed by Magnolia Avenue, Orange Avenue, Jefferson Street, and Robinson Street. The church was finished in 1887 and was originally named the Holy Nativity Catholic Church. In 1888, the name was changed to St. James Catholic Church.


Reid, R. R.


Original handwritten letter from R. R. Reid to Bishop John Moore, June 6, 1881: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of original handwritten letter from R. R. Reid to Bishop John Moore, June 6, 1881.

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Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida.
Downtown Orlando Post Office Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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1-page handwritten letter






Palatka, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Stoddard, James
Cepero, Laura

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"About Us." St. James Cathedral. http://www.stjamesorlando.org/about-us/.


Letter from Mr. Reid to Bishop Jon Moore, June 6, 1881
My Dear Good Bishop
Father Kenny informs me of your safe return and I hasten to enclose to you the “Deed” duly executed. You will perceive that I make the consideration of $1.050. My reason for that is to place you on the same footing with the sale of other lots to the different denominations, it being for my interest to do so. For instance, my price for the Block was $1.200 and (I) gave you one lot for $300 at _ price, $150, which bases it at $1,050. You have given me $800 cash and I present you with the $250 and _ Lot $150.00 equal to $400 being my donation.
“Orlando” is booming. I have sold about 300 lots already. The Methodists and Presbyterians have bought a lot each from me, and I see Bishop Young is to be there in a few days to look after a sight (sic) for his church. Prices are going up on daily more or less. Your Block would now bring more than $1,200. I sold a lot in Block 30 adjoining yours for $400. You see that would make the Block worth at least $1,600.
Yours truly.
R.R. Reid
[Palatka, Florida]

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