HOPE EVERYONE IN THE "CUBA, ALABAMA" LOOP IS HAVING AN ENJOYABLE MONCADA DAY.
Many thanks to Kathleen Wyer Lane! I have located Hispanic American Essays, A Memorial To James Alexander Robertson.
Unfortunately, it is stored in the University of Alabama Library Annex and I won't be able to get it until Monday or Tuesday.
I was really surprised to find many "Cuba, Alabama" connections in the material on line.
type "mitchell forbes" into the search engine
Here's a sample of what you'll find about the incredible odyssey of the Spanish Archives:
When Pensacola was evacuated by the Confederates in 1862 the records were in the law office of Blount and Jordan of that place, and De la Rua packed and shipped them to Greenville, Alabama. When that town was threatened he had them sent to Montgomery. After the war they were brought back to Pensacola and turned over to a special agent of the Treasury Department who had been sent there. The agent was soon ordered away, and De la Rua again had the custody of the papers.
But these were not all of the archives, says De la Rua in a deposition in 1885, for at the evacuation of Pensacola a part were removed to Columbus Georgia, by James Abercrombie, who, after the war, delivered them to De la Rua.
In 1867 the General Land Office sent H. C. De Ahua to investigate and collect "the Spanish archives in Florida.''
What De la Rua had were reported as still "in tolerable condition." Among these were five volumes containing "records of the original documents which on being presented to the board of commissioners were recorded and the original papers re tained by the parties interested, thereby leaving no original documents in the custody of the keeper." There were six boxes of papers "most of which referred to transfers of property, wills, powers of attorney, etc., but very few original grants."
It appears to Miss Wright that De la Rua, restored to his post, held these archives in custody for twenty years at least.