All statements on attached sheets are quotations from maps lists
and documents in possession of the St. Augustine Historical Society.
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I Latter Old Spanish Treasury -
( Title of typed notes .)
"Notes of Special Interest from confirm Grants"-
( As near as can be determined from the manner in which these sheets
were clipped together they are pert of work 1Mss Wilson did at Talla-
hasseein 1925 this is concluded from her letter to Judge Goode now
in the Library Safe next to Bottom shelf in folder.)
Translation Tadeo Arrivas resident of this city Attorney for
Don Vicente Adet of Havana and curator of the minor Don Domingo
Bernardiniressaid city states that the latter having a house and lot hav
ing upper and lower story andbuilt of wood and tone on St. George St
which bounds it West and east by lot of Charles Howard Sec. of this
Province in possession of Don redro Coclfacio to the south the Square
and to the North BY THE HOUSE AND LOT OF THE FORMER TREASURY where the
Royal Comptrollers office is at present which house and lot was sold by
Don John Leslie as attorney for John Torbes unto Juan Humbert for her
son the saod Don Domingo Bernardinj, according to deed of sale before
Don Domingo'Rodriguez notary 2nd J ly 1785-- the measurements the whole
or greatest part of it belonging *o the city and not to the present
possessor in proof of which they offered the neighbors and old Inhabi-
tants, by whom they had been informed who believe also the Treasury
best to sell it whole although it might not be deemed essential to build
the said Church on said land-------- is the only square there should be
at an angle which ought not to exist to the Injury of the legaty.
319 dollars to Da. HEmber- That in consideration of the urgent
necessity which this public has of a parish church the only one in this
city and all ( page lost)"
End og Miss Wilson's record of this
K.S, Lawson- March 1938 This is copied verbatim from the sheet There
is no date in connection with this entry nor
apparently reference to location of material
The quotation refers to the present site of
the coquina building where the telephone office
and W'olfe's are.
If the translation could be checked and com-
pleted it might give even more references to
the Old Treasury location .
<^ the "Old Treasury".
No. 89 House of coquina and lot belonging to the King occupied by Joa
quin Sanchez and several others which is called the old Treasury,
bounded in the front by the street leading to the Puerta de Tie rra(Gate
to the land) on the north byk a cross street, on the south by the lot
of Juana Perpall and on the east by Don Francisco Sanchez;"
Note this assessment list gives all the coquina in the walls
of all the house the patio wall, four chimneys the kitchen, flat roofs
material etc. and valuation
"Note That Don Carlos Howard took the house
at a public sale of the (Royal) properties
That on the 10th of May 1791 was issued in favor of Don Domingo
Rodriguez de Leon
Another -That Don Domingoax Rodriguez de Leon
recorded sale on the of Nov. 1791 in favor of *;;-:;-Sanchez'".
No 88House of coquina of Dona Juana Perpal and lot with deedj,
Note Here is again the same identifying Juana Perpal location K.S.L.
i matter Old Spanish Treasury site south east corner Treasury and t. Geog
arch 24 1938
Relating to the lot at foot of Treasury and cor. Bay now marked "Sp. Treas"
In de la Puente Jan, 22 1764 Quadra M Lot 177there are two small houses
they are of stone and of Don Anthonyt Rodriguez Arfian north and
south measurement 15andr yds ,east and west 46. ( no reference to any
treasurer or treasury)
In the same map the lot 193 the discussed Old Spanish Treasury was listed
House of stone of Don Estevan de Pena
In 175lArchives of Sevilla translated photostats de Pena was
treasurer at a salary of1470 pesos .
While dated Jan22 1784 the de la Puente really he says was made
in the Christmas season of 1783-
In that same de la Puente map and list the lot 198 is also listed to Don
Juan Estevan de Pena. The document listed as No. 1 in this file refers
to repairs on two houses the treasurers and the accountants. That would
allow for No. 198 ( de Pena) being the accounting house dnder de Pena.
The next map relied upon most often is the de la Roque on return of Span-
lards 1788 five years after the actual treaty effect.
At that map No.177 referred to above ,the Bay st. and Treasury
site is now No. 96 a stone house in which is Juan Leslye the land and
house belonging to the king-
Remark-Leslye was the St. Augustine representative of the firm
of Panton Forbes,Leslie the trading firm that supplied the King of Spain
from the first return of the Spaniards with the necessary presents for
the Indians and acted practically as fiscal agents for the Spanish gov-
ernment in many transactions, the house west of that in which Leslye
lived at that time is No.95 and served as a warehouse for provisions'
for an army ".
No reference to the Bay and Treasury corner as the Treasury
In this de la Roque 1788 the present Sp. Treasury site and the
lot at the present corner Charlotte and Cathedral are both numbered 143
and described as "Stone house in good state ; the king's ; which serve
as a counting house and treasury.
In another de la Roque of the same date photostat map the big
casa at the corner of Treasury and St. George is numbered 141 and
described as walls are in fair condition and whose roofs are bad, in
charge of Antonio Fernandez". -
As these two maps are practically alike and few variations in
numbering it may have been the old treasury roof condition put the
"Treasury" work all in the accounting housefor that time.
In this list 142 is just south of the discussed treasury site
on St, George street and is listed to "Stone house with some parts of wood
in bad state; property of Juana Perpall, with deed and land which it cites"
This "Juana Perpall" is the "Juana Eumbert referred to in
Page No. 2 of this file Juana Humbert's marriage license is in the Soc-
iety files The property she became possessed of for her son is described as
bounded on the"North by the House and lot of the former Treasury"o Thus
title of "Treasury"is again attached to the corner of St. Ueorge and Treas-
ury ,south east.
At no time in any record the Society has is Treasury attached
in any way -to the Bay St. cor. of "'-asury the only possible link
might be the fiscal relations of n Leslie Forbes firm to the Sp.
east by lot of Heidrick and Hanson and on the north by a cross street,
running from Tnos.Douglas to Manuel Agular. It being the same house and
lot formerly used as a Spanish Treasury."
In a deedrecorded in Deed Book "X" page 359,St.Johns County Records,
and dated October 16th, 1834, John Masters deeded to Thos.Douglas the
lot now at the south-west corner of Treasury and St.George StTeet, direct-
ly opposite the Burt House on the west side of St.George Street.
In said deed, the following description appears: 11All that dwelling and
lot of land in St.Augustine, opposite to the Old Treasury Building,
bounded east by St.George Street, on the north by a cross Street,called
Treasury Lane, on tne west by lot formerly belonging to heirs of John
Juaneda- and on the south by lot formerly belonging to heirs of Bartolome
Llufrio - -"
ROYAL STREET was the former name for Charlotte Street,according to
list of old streets in possession of St.Johns County Abstract Company.
V o i .'Fold.er -next to top shelf in old safe in Webb Libraary
"opers obt: ned by Milss Wilson."Translation in full of photo copies from
Seville, letters from Governor about the rebuilding of the Governor s
house and those of the other officials -first story stone, second floor
tabique about 1690. Translated by Miss Spofford". Qubtation is in Miss
Wilson's handwriting no date when made.
"Translations of 5 documents of those sent from Seville in Photostats"
this is typewritten same machine as person making translation.
'iss Wilson writes underneath "Now in the Library of Congress,
manuscript Department "
Quo nationss from letters of the Governor Don Diego de Quiroga y losada-
p-31'end the evidence and I am awaiting certain mean -from the measures,
referred to in order to make the same repairs in thw House of the
Accountant and Treasurer because they are in danger of l-artial ruin.h a
besoeching your Msajerty to approve it signed Saint Augustine of Florida
June B of 1690" Diego de Quiroga y Losada.
p-102-5th day of December of 1689
kelotes to repairs first made "e found the Royal houses
as well as His Honor's own residence and likewise those of the Accoun-
tsnt end Treasurer, very dilapidated and almost completely uninhabitable
he thereupon mode on agree-ent with the said Royal officials to repairthemhn
at once s;:-i-;-:--:- afterwards in the storms of the two past winters they
have become more ruinous on account of being of wood and old and rotten
it; i' necessary to topair them-
:Decl61G9 Affidavits of 'aster Joiner and carpenter it is necessary
to put in on the rain story supporting beams on beds of stone, to make
the first story of coquine and the second of partition walls and the roof
of wood. ?And the Royal.houses of the accouinbnt and Treasurer being in the
same -ondition the same work is necessary .
repairs mcdo roof one pasagoway of Governor's house
so he .ot a bed into the pasageway "- ond the same thing was also done
in the house of the Treasurer ,Don Juan i ernandez de Avila it being in
G affidavits as to rebuilding should be of coquina first
loor d wood e second roof it with shingles as is done in this
Post on accountt of having no tiles or other kind of roofing.and the same
is nQecssary in the houses of the other ]Royral officials '"
1'.c. 10 1639 the Governor is ready to order the said repairs r
"required on the house in which his Lordship lives and on those of the
officials of the Royal Treasury."
There was n suggestion to build a new house for the governor and
put the "two families of Loycl officials should go to live in those which
the Governor now has" reference as to whether the material and construe
blon of the GovernorSs houso" aro strong enough to have in its keeping
the effects of the Royal Treasury".
Juno 8 1690 the Governor put it up to the King to decide.
Several letters and copies of consideration of the manner in w
-hi'ch the work was to be lone matorizls obtained without using theannual
subsidy use of the King s peons waste material or salvage materials
Finally one translation reads"Done in Madrid on the 3oth of
December of 1690- To the Governor of Florida approving the method he
proposes by which the three .Royal houses end the Accounting office in
that City can be built of stone and that he carry it out in the way ho
This is written 'arch 25 1938- K.S. Lawson
In matter Old Spanis2 Treasury site at south east corner Treasury
and St. Ceorge St.
Referring to the lot at foot of Treasury north corner at Baoy St.--
now tableted as SpanishTreasury -
In the nrep and list of de ls P-:ento ,Jan. 22 1764 at foot of Treas-
ury st. Quadra 1Y Lot 177 there are two smr;ll houses they are of stone
and of Don A.tonio Rodgriguoz Arfian- north and south amasurementl5snd--,2
oeat aiz.d w-est 46 ( no reference to any Treasurer or Treasury or'accountanto
On the contrary in the same map and list the lot 193 the discussed
present Oldi punish Treasury was listed as house of stone of Don Estevan
In translation ,by Miss V'lson, Archives Seville ( in Shelf K-2 Hist.
Society Library)De Pens was TREASUiRER at a salary of 1470 poaos in 1751-
In translaB~on from Prof. Siebort of Ohio University, Archivo-U
General Papeles do Cuba Shelf K-2 Hist. Society Library there is this
"In IHovna the 7th of -Fb. of 1764 I rndo known//4// the decree of yestor-
day to Don Juan Estoban do Pens o aicial 1Royale .ur;:- zrar of the Presidio
of F lorda ". This shows do oen~a was the T.re7 sur.-r i; Ihc date of De-la
P cuto s map, llting him in the present Old Spanish Treasury site.
T1iis i2;'c proarable to the inventory of church ornaments removed
from St. Augustine 1764.
in 'thin sonmc-mop and list the lot 198 is -a listed to Don Juan
E-st;cvn co ena and as you will note thee pge listed as No. 1 of this
fil. rcfors to repairs on two houses the Treasurers and the Accountants.
This ..ould account for.No.f17 (do Penn) being the 1Accounting Ejouse undor
The next dated nap ,relied upon most often ,1s the de la Roque
mado in 1783 after return of the Spauierds, five years after actual treaty.
In that man and list No. S77(re ferried to inf first paragraph on this
shoet) the Day Gt and Treasurystroet site is now No. 96 and is a"stone
house in which 1:i Juan Loslre the land and house belonging, tb the king-"
Rem rk- this Juan Les.lye was the St. Augustine representative
and rmeab r of the firm of Panton Forlhes Leslye the big trading firm
that from the firat days of the return of the Spaniards supplied the
necessary presents for the Indians. They practically acted as fiscal agents
for the Spanish government in many transactions The house west of this
No .96 in which Loslye lived was numbered 95 and served as a warehouse
for provisions for an army" .
Note no reference whatever to Bay and Treasury corner as the
In t;his de I Roque 1788 map the present Spanish Treasury site
and the lot at the present corner of Charlotte and Cathedral are both
numbered 143 and described as Stone house in good state; the king's;
which serve as a counting house and treasury
In onothe de la ioque uiop o the' same date photostatt copy)
the big house at the corner of Treasury end St. george is numbered 141
and descrlbed"walls are in fair condition and whose roofs are bad, in
charge of Antonio Fernandez".
As those two maps are practically alike and few variations
Pa,~ro 'No. ~
it may havo boon the above "roofs nre bad" put the Treasury"
operations oll in the accountIng3 house for the time, And we know that
a new houso of the Treasurer was planned on the opposite corner of St.
Georgo and Troasury(north east corner) and construction was beoun- the
.t. oorgo street first story wall was left when the Spaniards wont the
las t"timo, "- .
In-.th1s list 142 is just south of tho (Burt house) treasury
'site on St. .eorgo Street and is listed as stone house with some parts
of wood in bad stato; property of Jj na Perpall with deed and land which,
This "JAana Perpall"Is the "Juana Humbert" referred to in
Ps-oe 2 o0 this file, .Juana Perpall's marriage license is in Society files
to Humbor. The property she possessed for her son is described an bounded
on the ".I.o rth by the Mou. o and lot of the Pormer Treasury".Thus designa-
t1on"Tre sury is s ujin etched to the ctornen of I-. george and Trea-
ury( iouth cast)
At no tTme in any record the Society has Is Treasury attached in
any way to tho Bay St. corner of ISxa-sxr E o Treasury street- the only
possible link night be the fiscal relation of the Panton Leslie Forbea
:~rm to the Spanish government in the second regime- But as de In Roque
r 1efer to No.143 as a cou.nt:. ng houe and r oa ur that would nullify.
any .uch considerstfion ~u~e~7n e-slye connection house .
-Next in date 000000 The Spanish Tax Assessor list of 1803.
m mentions the"Old Treasury_. .-
No 80- House of coquina and lot belon;:ing to the King occupied by
Jouquin Sanchoe and several others *v;ich l cellod the .Old Treasury bounded
in th!ie front by the street leadinn, to the 7P7rTade '"Tiorra ( .fT c the
lend) on tle north by a cross stroot, on the Couth by the lot of Juana
P~rpcll and on the east by Don Francisco Sanchez".
S.L~,ot.o- this assessment list gives all the coquina in the walls of
all ;th house, the patio walls, four chimneys the kitchen flat roofs
materiall etc and their evaluation
"Note- That Don Carlos Howard took the house at a public sale
of tho(Royale) properties
Another- That on the loth of iHay 1791 was issued in favor of
Don Dor.ilngo 7odrigues de Leon
o .Another- That Drn Domingo Rodriguoz de Leon recorded sale
on tho 'of Nov. 1791 in favor of :-::-::;-*:- Sanchez ".
No,. 8 IIouse of Coquina of Dona Juana Perpal and lot with
.S.L. Note here is again the same adjoining identifying Juana