John McIntosh Mohr letters
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John McIntosh Mohr letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Mohr, John McIntosh, 1687-1761.
Title: John McIntosh Mohr letters
Dates: 1741
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1029

Biographical/Historical Note

John McIntosh Mohr (1698-1761) was the leader of the Highland Scots that settled at Darien, Georgia, in 1736. He raised a company of soldiers when Oglethorpe led an unsuccessful siege against Spanish-occupied St. Augustine, Florida. McIntosh was captured at Fort Moosa by the Spanish, transferred to Spain, and held captive for several years. He returned to Georgia in poor health after a prisoner exchange. He died on his plantation, Essick, on the Sapelo River.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two positive photocopies of letters from John McIntosh Mohr, 1741. The first letter, written to Harman Verelst, recounts Mohr's role in the siege of St. Augustine as a commander under General Oglethorpe, explains his capture by the Spanish, describes his civil treatment by the governor of Havana, and describes his present misery in a Spanish jail and urges that all efforts be made to secure his release. The second letter, written to Alexander Mackintosh, recounts the battle of St. Augustine where he was captured by the Spanish, tells of his transport to Havana and of his present confinement in a jail in "Old Spain," where he subsists on bread and water; Mohr also notes that there are many Spanish prisoners in England and asks Alexander to apply his diligence in securing an exchange.


Index Terms

Florida--History--Spanish colony, 1565-1763.
Letters (correspondence)
Mohr, John McIntosh, 1687-1761.
Prisoners of war.
Saint Augustine Expedition, Fla., 1740.
Spain--Foreign relations--Great Britain.

Location of Originals

Original letters in the Public Record Office in London.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John McIntosh Mohr letters, MS 1029, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of A.S. Britt, Jr., 1972.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 
Item 1: John McIntosh Moore letter to Harman Verelst, 1741 June 24 ( 2.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)
Sent from St. Sebastian's. Recounts his role in the siege of St. Augustine as a commander under General Oglethorpe; explains his capture by the Spanish; his "civil" treatment by governor of Havana; describes his present misery in a Spanish jail and urges that all efforts be made to secure his release.
 
Item 2: John McIntosh to Mr. Alexander McIntosh, 1741 June 20 (Photocopy.)
Sent from St. Sebastian's. Recounts the battle of St. Augustine where he was captured by the Spanish; his transport to Havana and his present confinement in a jail in "Old Spain" where he was subsisting on bread and water; notes there are many Spanish prisoners in England and asks Alexander to apply his diligence in securing an exchange.