Monday, October 11, 2004



Ellicott's Transit and Equal Altitude Instrument Used To Survey the Present-Day Alabama-Florida Line In The Summer Of 1799

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Malden Bishop was 54 years old when he ingested LSD-25 for the first (and possibly only) time in his life. If his book is any evidence, it is safe to say he learned more about his own inner being on that day than he had in all of his previous days combined. It took great courage for him to volunteer for this experiment, and I think it only fair to praise him for doing so in his own words:

It does not take courage to stand up for something the majority wants. It is not courageous to stand for democracy in the United States; for Christ in a Christian church; for a king in a kingdom; for segregation in the South. The real heroes of any age are those who have the courage to stand up for the truth, regardless of whom or what they stand against and regardless of any consequences which might come from their stand.

Those words were written in 1963. Imagine what the world would be like today if every adult in the world, from that time until now, had been given the privilege of experiencing a day like the one that changed Malden Bishop's life in such a loving, positive way. It would be a different world, indeed. The only reason we don?t have a world like that today is because a minority of small-minded men and women have imposed their own moral code upon the majority. As Bishop said:

I do not want to violate moral codes, social conventions, or legal regulations just to be violating them. I am in favor of these as long as they serve a good purpose. But it is common sense that when our codes, conventions, and laws become our masters they are no good. They must be our servants, our tools. They must help us toward God, not restrict us. They must help us to grow, to mature, not stifle and deaden us. Love can only survive in freedom.

How true that is. Love can only survive in freedom. Without the freedom Malden Bishop discovered on his wonderful inner adventure, he may have passed through this life without ever being able to express the deep love that he realized is the core of his being. How fortunate we are to have such a well written record of Malden Bishop's epiphany.

Lawrence Hagerty is a writer living in Southern California. His new book, The Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness is available online at and at

Thank you so much for your feedback and I will place your corrections into the June 23, 2003 CUBA,ALABAMA post concerning the life of your g-g-g-grandfather and note that they are from you. I'm pretty sure I put together the chronology of Casa Calvo's life from Jack D.L. Holmes A GUIDE TO SPANISH LOUISIANA, 1762-1806,New Orleans:Louisiana Collection Series, 1970 and another Holmes publication concerning the history of Spanish military units in Florida and Louisiana.

You cannot believe how happy I was to receive your email this morning. I worked my tail off in 2003 to get Spanish Louisiana stuff on the Web in anticipation of the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and I received virtually no feedback. Researchers in academia even refused to comment on my research and sent me emails requesting that I never contact them again.

Noone seemed to give a rat's ass about this stuff with the exception of the Innerarity family. Nedra Innerarity Creamer from Galveston has put together an excellent family website with an enormous amount of information concerning her ancestors, James and John Innerarity. These two men ended up running the offices of John Forbes & Co [prior to 1804, Panton, Leslie & Co.] in Pensacola and Mobile and, prior to the American occupation, held a monopoly on Indian trade in the Spanish Floridas.

Thank you so much for your input and I look forward to you sharing more information concerning your ancestors. 2006 will mark the 200th anniversary of Aaron Burr's arrest in what is present-day Alabama and could possibly kick up a little interest in our Spanish roots once more.

Please let me hear from you and feel free to forward this email to anyone.
robert register

From : i c
Sent : Sunday, October 10, 2004 12:53 PM
To :
Subject : Sunday, June 22, 2003 post


Regarding your Sunday, June 22, 2003 post about:

Hi Robert,

After reading your Sunday, June 22, 2003 post about:

Sebastian Calvo de la Puerta y O’Farril, Marquis de
Casa Calvo

born (in Spain?)

Actually, I thought that he was born in Havana, Cuba
and baptized on February 14, 1749 in Havana's
Cathedral and died in Paris, France on May 27, 1820
but, maybe I am wrong (after so many years….)

Anyway, it was interesting to learn about all those
details in the life of my...grand grand grand


Sebastian Calvo de la Puerta y O’Farril, Marquis de Casa Calvo 1749- 1820

born in Havana, Cuba and baptized in Havana's Cathedral on
February 14, 1749[from email sent from I. Calvo on October 10, 2004]

1769 Only 18 years of age at the time, Casa Calvo first comes to Louisiana with Governor O’Reilly . He is a close friend of O’Reilly, whose son married a niece of Casa Calvo.

1793 Casa Calvo is in command of Ft. Dauphine, St. Domingo, when 77 Frenchmen are brutally murdered by blacks, an outrage the Marquis permitted without offering any assistance to the unfortunate Frenchmen.

1799 September 18 Shortly after the death of Governor Gayoso, the Marquis de Someruelos, captain-general of Cuba and Louisiana, appoints Casa Calvo to be ad interim military governor of Louisiana.One of his first acts is to transmit to the captain-general a petition from the planters, asking for the removal of restrictions on the importation of slaves. The planters want them to be brought to the colony in unlimited numbers, or at least enough of them to supply all the labor necessary for the conduct of the plantations.

1800 February 5 With the consent of the acting governor, the Marques de Casa-Calvo, Americans Evan Jones and William Hullings lead ceremonies commemorating the death of George Washington. A small parade and ceremonies on the levee are accompanied by a cannon salute by an American naval vessel on the river

1800 August Forty planters petition acting civil governor Vidal to renew the importation of bozales directly from Africa. Sindico Procurador General Pedro Barran leads the opposition in the Cabildo. He cites the lack of a fugitive slave fund and the abundance of fugitive slaves everywhere. The Cabildo votes to back him.In the end Vidal, Casa-Calvo and Intendant Lopez decide that royal consent was not needed since the king had never validated Carondelet’s embargo of 1792.

1800 December 24 Intendant Lopez issues a proclamation permitting importation of bozales. Casa-Calvo, who had been a planter in Cuba sympathizes with the planters. The Cabildo refuses to recognize the validity of the proclamation and appeals to the crown. This is one of the few points on which the Cabildo prevails this late in the Spanish Era.

1801 July 15 Manuel Juan de Salcedo , a 58 year old colonel, arrives and assumes the office of governor. Nicolas Maria Vidal has been acting civil governor of Louisiana while the Marques de Casa-Calvo has been acting military governor of the colony. Casa Calvo immediately sails for Havana.

1803 Spring In the Spring of 1803 Casa Calvo returns to New Orleans having been appointed to act as joint commissioner with Salcedo in turning over the province of Louisiana to France.Pierre Clement de Laussat, the French commissioner to recieve the colony summons all militia officers to his lodging to declare by yea or nay whether they intended to remain in the service of Spain.

1803 May 18 Salcedo and Casa-Calvo issue a joint proclamation informing the inhabitants of Louisiana about the retrocession. Eight days later they send a copy of the royal order authorizing the transfer to the Cabildo. The formal transfer awaits the arrival of French general Claude Perrin Victor, but he never arrives because the war has resumed in Europe.

1803 Nov. 30 The transfer of power is completed but Casa Calvo remains in New Orleans where he spends a considerable portion of his time encouraging the belief that Louisiana was to be re-ceded to Spain. He claims to have been appointed the Spanish Commissioner to determine the western boundary of Louisiana. He maintains a troop of 50 Spanish soldiers.

1805 Oct. 15 Casa Calvo in company with Morales, the intendant, leaves New Orleans for the old post of Adaise (or Adazes), near Natchitoches.Gov. Claiborne, fearing it is the intention of the two Spanish officers to stir up dissension among the people in the western part of the territory, sent Captain Turner along with them to keep an eye on their movements and report.

1806 January Early in January 1806 the two Spaniards return to Natchitoches and on the 25th Claiborne writes to Morales "I believe it a duty to remind you that the departure from the territory of yourself and the gentleman attached to your department will be expected in the course of the present month."

1806 Feb. 4 Casa Calvo comes back to New Orleans on Feb. 4 and is almost immediately asked to leave the territory by the 15th. On the 12th Claiborne sends him a passport, with "best wishes for the health and happiness of the nobleman" whose presence has become so unacceptable. Casa Calvo is highly indignant at this treatment though there is nothing to do but to accept the passport and leave Louisiana, never to return.

May 27, 1820 Casa Calvo dies in Paris, France [from a email received from I. Calvo October 10, 2004]