CoLectoa '4 Office
St. Augwuine 25t zanuamy /1825.
3t id my painru duty to infola you taat tAe (udA.an /ou~e and public
donee connected witi.h in 5tid ciZy have been entirely consumed by a
dLeaadful L.uAe weAich boke out about 2 o 'cloc on Sunday monning te 23du
3rnL in a dwelling Aoude wLthin fPo doom of the public buildings. Thiee
lange houwe4 be4ided te Cw(jt~n House ane bwurt to the bate wauLl and ~one
otAem4 much damaged.
3 have been 40 fo 4tunate as to save, 3 believe, aLL te public pape,
and moveable popen;t wi.t the exception of ome cma.L -Lo4e4s.
3 have the honot ;to be
wuith nea-t tedpect,
Y/ou, Obt. Senv-t.
signedd) ohn Rodman
ColLectoa o St. Aug~dine
To te Hon. William H. Clawfondl
Secetae 4 of tAe TneawuAy
Convewpond ence of the Sec/e.tany of Ae Tlnea4uy with the CoUtectone of
Cudtonad, 1789 1833. Page 145.
On Sunday morning lad;t, about 2 o 'dock, an accidental fi e bnoke
out in Me uppen pant of khe building occupied by Ald. CampbeLL ad a
boarding houje, tAe noltd of Ae (utdan Houje. The wind blowing fsedh
famn Ae no/Lt and MAe in.e being considenably advanced before it u a didcovened,
it und impo4ibLe to &top ike paogne44 of it until tAe Aoude in which it
o/Liinated laj consumed and aLL of i. including ite cudtan houwe,
uAick una bounded by iAe public auane. 7Te Lo04 of p/wpe&4y may be e;tima;ed
at 20, 000 doUla/. ATe Aouwe in whi/k ~e fine oniuinaied belonged -to Me
e.dtae of ------- Sanckey; and uida -e olte dependence of 4wo onphaan; he
building next to i. unta occupied by Samuel Cookd and belonged to te Bunwo,
etae. The Aind/ building belonged to the AaNui4 Fouguetne, and uaI
occupied by dwatd P. gibdon ed. T7e founti wick uw the (iCudomn Houwe and
building aitached Atene;to & occupied by oAhn Rodman a. te Collecton,
w.6 tAe p/ope&ty of Ie nited States.
Beside4 tMe Loj of Ae buildi.np to1e wko occupied AMen -lod
pnopely to a conjidernable amend. Aln. Cook '4 Lo0 cannot yet be ace4tained;
neitAe/ can A/n. Campbell 'd -- O/f ie Low wUicA thLj woAi tu wnan zudi;ained
we cannot n.efect wiwout deep aeb/vet. ALL hen hAoudehold funniuwe, MAe nezuLt
of Aen. indudy and toil uia burned on de tnoled by impn/open t. eahnent amicLdt
ie uAwA and confusion that ensued, and only Aeh. k kiLtcken funniun.e javed.
Veny Lidttie waxz aved of uhat belonged to /te boanden s in tMe Aouwe and omne
of ithen Lodt all Aiein. cLoihing; but what i mone modifying fo. uant of
4ydtem and vigilance, a gneat pant of uAa-t and daved fanm ite fine uan
piLfelted away. We undentand thaat An. Suby had a considenable dumn of money
4dtoLen fAnm Aim.
By gneat vigilance of many of the citien4 ike buildings on iAe
oppoite /ide of ite ,ineet, were pn.edeaved, -Aoug h Me fine coanunicated to
ike noofo of 4evenal, and about the haLf. of he covering of one xnd enrti&ely
We t.ene-t to 4,ate that At. Wha/buwng, a boanden, it lnM". Campbell ',
and uAo -oded in te uppen pant of Ae houwe uvL unable to make hAd escape
by any oIien uany Atan the Ioof, upon uwich Ae succeeded in getting; but he
wand 0oon jeen to Lode ALd Aold and una pnecipated into ike 4tn.eet, a distance
of 40 o. 50 feet. He uma iakten up in a and upon examination i
un, didcovelted Aa i dso bone. wenLe bizoken bui _Aat kLAi head and ched had
neceLved conridenable injuw; we a/e happy however to datae thaa hoTpe a.te
erndelained of Ahd tecoveny.
faFt Fonida /enald. Janua y 25, 1825.
Spaced 4JildiLcae iWegi~e upoldd.