Joel J. Addison's Letter Of April 1861

Joel J. Addison's Letter Of April 1861

Edited by Spessard Stone


The following letter by Joel J. Addison, Sheriff of Manatee County, Florida, was found in "Corrrespondence of the Comptroller, 1845-1906, Incoming Correspondence," Record Group 554, Box 3, Folder 2, Florida Archives, courtsey of Canter Brown, Jr.


Manatee County April 1 the 1861

Mr R C Williams

Respected Sir

I have Rec 2 Letters from you in Relations to Tax Matters of 1860 Sir I can inform you that this County has ben lying perfectly Lawless for over a year at the proper time for the Election of County Officers there was a sheriff Elected who was not of Age and when his Commision came he would not sweare in so by which means there was no Taxes Assessed last year I dont wish any indulgences only time to asses & collect the County is large and the People badly scatered I see no chance to git the last years Taxes in any auther way only that perscribed by Law The people were not totaled on last year for any Tax I have done all I could ever ever since I have had my Commision but I have not had it over a month the largest Tax payer of the County has left the State before I had any authority to assess his though he say he will pay for 1860 when the Books are made out there is some refuse to pay at the proper time please inform me as soon as posible what to do in such cases and oblige your humble servt

Joel J Addison Sheriff ex officio Tax Assessor & Collector




"Corrrespondence of the Comptroller, 1845-1906, Incoming Correspondence," Record Group 554, Box 3, Folder 2, Florida Archives, courtsey of Canter Brown, Jr.

April 24, 2001, image of letter June 1, 2004