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Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers

Identifier: Ms 048

Scope and Content

The Greenslade Papers are comprised of business correspondence (accounts, etc.), especially of Panton, Leslie and Co., and their successors, John Forbes and Co. The collection also includes court records pertaining to lawsuits to recover moneys due, business activities, property and slaves, etc. Other documents include ship's papers, market reports, powers-of-attorney, documents regarding land ownership, particularly in Pensacola and southern Alabama, and Pantons' 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, Madrid, New York, Vera Cruz, etc.; and their branches in Mobile, New Orleans, etc. Additionally there is correspondence with the traders Daniel McGillvary, and with Spanish and American government officials, Indian (Native American tribes) chiefs, etc.

Though much of it 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 1764 to 1900. As much as half of the collection is in Spanish, and the bulk of the collection has been duplicated (photocopies are included).


  • Creation: 1764-1900



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marie Taylor Greenslade is a descendent of John Innerarity, an associate in the Panton, Leslie, and Company, as well as the successors, John Forbes and Company.


2.5 Linear feet (6 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection of 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 materials see the Heloise Cruzat Papers held in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. Other typescripts of these documents are held by the Florida Historical Society.

A Guide to the Marie Taylor Greenslade Papers
Finding aid created by Roger Smith (Original description written by Elizabeth Howard West)
April 2008
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Description is written in English.

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