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The letter contains three seperate letters with the first side containing a letter written by General Zachary Taylor and the second side containing two letter written by General George H. Griffin.
Zachary Taylor's letter from the Headquarters Army of the South at Fort Brooke is dated August 26, 1839 and addressed to Captain I. Mayo, Commanding an Expedition on the Coast of Florida. Taylor states that he believes that the hostilities experienced in various parts of Florida signal a "general recommencement of the War." Do to those hostilities Taylor informs Mayo that he should move against any Indians he came across "with a view to their capture or destruction." Any captured Indians are to be taken to Fort Marion in St. Augustine for safe keeping. Also mentioned in the letter is the news that Lieutenant Colonel Harvey "is in communication with two of the principal chiefs in Key Biscayne, and entertains some hopes of being able to produce a division in the hostile party." It is suggested the Mayo not proceed against any Indians in that area until is determined if Harvey is successful.
The first letter by George H. Griffin was written on the steam boat Tallafoosa on the Santa Fe River, dated August 21, 1839 and sent to Major Hank at Garey's Ferry. Griffin mentions the abandonment of Picolata and that the "Commanding General directs that the arrangements with Colonel Williams (mentioned by Lieutenant Poole) be carried into effect and that temporary buildings be erected for the protection of the troops and public property."
The second letter by George H. Griffin was aritten at Fort Fanning, dated August 22, 1839 and sent to Lieutenant Colonel Gates, Officer Commanding South of the St. Johns. Griffin writes that Indians captured at Key Biscayne and taken to St. Augustine are too be held at Fort Marion until otherwise directed. He also writes that "you will intimate to these Indians that if a portion of the murderers of Colonel Harney's command equal in number to those who were killed on the 23d inst. ---- be surrendered that they will be released."