The William Davenport Papers
consist of autograph letters and official transcripts to Col. Davenport, to and from his fort commanders and other subordinate officers, mostly relative to the Second Seminole War in Florida (1835-1842). Two small pocket diaries, in pencil, by Col. Davenport dated Nov. 1837-March, 1838 and Dec. 1839 - April 1940. Reports of Indian scouts from the field, October 1838 to June 1841, including several manuscript maps. An undated manuscript petition signed by 41 citizens of Madison County, Florida, appealing for Army protection against constant attacks by the Indians, with accompanying letters. Letters from R.K. Call, Gov. of Florida, to Col. Davenport, relative to Indian atrocities and the problems of raising a volunteer militia to combat the situation of "murders and further attacks by the fugitive Creeks." Letter to Col. Davenport from the Indian "Strong Ground" in the hand of translator / interpreter signed "S.M.P.".