D. R.(BILLY) MATTHEW COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
STH DISTRICT, FLORIDA
Congre%% of the ?niteb States
bouse of Reprelentatibes JAN 1 3 1 9
Wasiington, JB. C.
January -, 1E4
To tho Citizens of St. Augustine
mad St. Johns County:
Many of yai have written to as coacerninI the plams
(or the new Poes Office, and I am ending. thki letter to
rtie St. Augustine Record for publication so that you may
be uilly informed.
As you know, in 1v62, Congress passed legislation
creating the St. Augustine Quadricentannial Comission. Thie
is a iaetiomal Ca iaision and its function shall be to develop
amd to esecite suitable I Las for the celebration in 1,65 of
the 40C.th Ammiversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida,
the o.Lbest permanent and continuous settlement in the United
The legislation as passed by Conjess provided that two
sabaers of the Coaisasiaon shall be eHamers of the House of
Reprem ttatives. I was honored by being appointed one or the
fairss o the Commiassion reprasentin the Hose of seprfesentativea,
anxd the other Z$aber is the Honorable willisa C. Craaer, from
Loa me say at the outset that the Neitaers of the CamiLsto
have t:ravtled at their uat expense to a raubcr of meetings,
atd have beer tost active in forsmulating plaw-si Zor the Celebration
or 't. Auetstsinets 400du uirchtay.
Our CaoaLssiom has hoped that there can be developed
'*hjibition Centers representing the 5 GoIarwsents involved in
St. Augtie for thesa four-hrLdred year; nimety, Spanish,
British, Latin Aericranj, United states and Florida, It is
hoped that each Centn, cnistitutan one or ra-re restored
buildings, can. be ap-. tfor :axibitiorn pur -c,3.s and could
serve as a Zocai --oS :tor ,:rot rms projec ;ea "y the Commission
iwn coop ratia wit, the iGovarrmonto ainvo.in vd. These n mould
incAk.! k assic Vwst.avaite major Painting Z&hibLtionsv ad
To the itti4.ns o- Stc. kutgatir.n
mnd St. Johns (otty+
similar appropriate co-1Uaral activities. Tafsotfar as the Ceater
established by the Unitte Ptates Covermaant is concerned, we
bLhavre terLed unsccasstikly to obtain a direct Federal ajpropria-
tLofl sand will not bW able to get one. acting wrser the
su gestLon of the entire uadriceotetminnal Comassion, 1 went
to the Fos Office vparfTantt to See if it Woud WI Liossible
:or -1a, in sae way, to obtain thte use of thei present toe
0:1,['Lce Building for otr pearmaenit iics SLtates haacquarterst.
Thw 3osc &Uieae Departexnt reco!nigod the iuvoarcance of our
Celebration, sines, I repeat, we are celebratin, che 400dh
.anaivaarsay of the Coanding of the Nation's oldest city, and
Twyj believed that because of this tistoricel importance,
cthat my request should be tvins every poseLble consideracihn.
After considerable investicaeior, the "oat Ofk.0ce
ATparflBe' has statd that they believed whey could bald a c
tist O'.Itee for St. Aagustine, and ae they are in the process
of in-dstigsatifg the ars.-ral sites that have Ibeen ofCfered. The
Post Oifide I epartent vwill notify sme wen they have dec.. ied on
he Site, anx I shall make that information ava-lable tafediately
to rta cLtiLans of Fe. ;agustinA. Let ms say here chac I am
quite saure the foat Ofiice epartmnt is not -oinl to build a
Ot Office tor St. Augustine if the peoolse *ao not want one.
I asure 1 an wpeaaing Cor the Camitsioc when I say
we hav. to personal involvement i chi.s matter. Our sain desire
is to be of help to the ,ople- of St. Augustite aOn St. Johns
Cotncy in promottLg this beasutiiful area, and at the oam utas,
we have an obligation to the Con;ress in seeing that we are
fslillibg our reaponsibilicies ain organizing activiceiea that
Will coa emorate 4aprorpriacety the celebratiorh of cha 401th
anniversaryy o& our action's oldest city.
As a personal vote, way I say that I have Zelt that
whut ve are plannin& would Le o-' trawtam.ous= bcretit to our
inesiss interests itr, that Xt woaud naturally I.rmote greater
-,nArist interests iv Sr. auusaine mad the area, aac ? have .a'lt
tha- int cooperaaior. wid tha other .roup3 it hu. culsCine wotikl
To tha Citizens of St. Augustine
and St. Johns County
January 9S 1964
for the continued restoration and beautification of tbh City,
that w could insure the continued attractiveness of the neighborhood
Living dhich is so markedly a St. Augustine characteristic.
Lot ma ay- in cl losing that my interest as the Congressman
ol this great area is solely an unselfish one of trying to do
everything I can to be of maximum service to 9or people. I
hope with all my heart that my stewardship in this matter will
merit your approval.
With kindest regard@, I am
Sincerely, your Congressman
D. R. (BILLY) MATTHE W, H. c.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U.S.
JAN1 S tt
January 9 ....... 1964
Respectfully referred to
Mr. Earle W. Newton
P. 0. Box 484
St. Augustine, Florida
For your information.
With kind personal regards,
D_. _R. MATTWS
M.C., ...... District.