St. Augustine July 8, 1838
Submitted by Susan Mahoney and Thelma (Dee) Schumann, direct descendents of Elijah O'QUIN.
With a special thanks to Maureen DeBolles of the St. Augustine Historical Society.
This is the result of considering the war as pretty well ended, and of withholding from the suffering inhabitants that subsistence which would have enable them to live off from their plantations. If they had been mustered into service their families would have been provided for and their homes would have been protected.
A report is in circulation that two other families had been murdered in the same meighborhood; making the number seventeen, but we are happy to learn by a gentleman from Newmansville, that this is an exaggeration. Two persons whose names we did not learn, were murdered since the massacre of the GWINN family.
Our informant states that a large gang are about the "Big Prairie" and its neighborhood, supposed to be the Micasukies and Tallahassees; a body estimated at three or four hundred, supposed to be fugitive Creeks are in the Oke-fe-noke swamp. Several companies have been raised "on their own hooks" a mounting of about 200 men. A portion marched to about 200 men. A portion marched to the Big Prairie, and the remainder to the Oke-fe-noke swamp.
By David Leary: Our friends of Aluchua, and Columbia; They have suffered much and still suffer--they have done nobly and still do--while we have felt for their distress, we have admired their devotion and taken pride in their achievements--their country's gratitude will reward their patrotism--their country's justice guarantees the reimbursement of their losses.