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Heloise H. Cruzat Papers

Identifier: Ms 019

Scope and Content

The Cruzat Papers are comprised of some six hundred individual pieces. The collection includes business papers (accounts, correspondence, business ledgers, etc.) primarily of Panton, Leslie and Co., and their successors, John Forbes and Co. Also included are court records such as lawsuits to recover moneys due, property in slaves, etc., and documents regarding land and property ownership, deeds, and titles (with particular respect to Pensacola and southern Alabama). Other materials include ship's papers, market reports, powers-of-attorney, and documents pertaining to Panton's estate.

The correspondence from Panton, Leslie and Co., and John Forbes and Co. forms an especially interesting part of the collection. It primarily consists of letters between their various business concerns in Pensacola, St. Augustine, Nassau (Bahamas), London; their business associates in Havana, New York, Vera Cruz, etc.; and their branches in Mobile, New Orleans, etc. Several of the letters are to or from John Innerarity, or he is mentioned by the authors. Additionally there is correspondence with the traders Daniel McGillvary, another person only identified by the initials "E.G."; and with Spanish and American government officials, Indian (Native American tribes) chiefs, etc.

Though much of the collection is in the nature of routine business material, taken as a whole it does form an interesting and valuable part of the material on the history of Florida and the southern United States frontier from 1788 to 1848 (the extreme chronological limit of the collection). As much as half of the collection is in Spanish, and the bulk of the collection has been duplicated (photocopies are included).


  • Creation: 1788-1848



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Heloise H. Cruzat, a native of New Orleans, is a descendent of John Innerarity, an associate in the Panton, Leslie, and Company, as well as the successors, John Forbes and Company.


2.45 Linear feet (6 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Personal letters and business correspondence pertaining to the Panton, Leslie, and Company, and their successors John Forbes and Company, by entrepreneur John Innerarity.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

For additional information on this topic, see the Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers held by the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.

A Guide to the Heloise H. Cruzat Papers
Finding aid created by Roger Smith (Original description written by Elizabeth Howard West)
April 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America