Florida Fiasco, folded ALS of U.S. Brig. General Thomas Flournoy, Augusta, Georgia, August 13, 1812 to Lt. Col. Smith near Augustine, black Augusta Georgia postmark and manuscript "17" rate, letter reads:
"Apprehensive that your present situation precludes you from many of the public occurences, I feel it my duty to apprise you that I am appointed a Brigadier General in the Army of the United States. And altho at present I cannot consider you under my command, in consequence of your having been placed under the directorship of the Governor of this state, yet, it may become my duty to give you aid & support in the case it should be deemed necessary. I will suggest to you the propriety of giving me early informatiom should you be driven back from your present station.
I have no sort of instructions respecting the duties required from you, but I cannor supress a fear that your station may be a perilous one."
The only example from the Smith correspondence with a U.S. postmark addressed to American occupied Florida, minor fold repair, ex Meroni, Frajola and Conland
[The U.S. Government in an attempt to acquire Spanish East Florida encouraged and supported an American led rebellion. A base was established at St. Mary's. Georgia and on March 13, 1812 a force of approximately 80 Georgians and Floridians, led by Lt. Col. Thomas Adam Smith, who believed they would be supported by the U.S. Navy, crossed the border into Florida and formed a short lived "Territory of East Florida. " It soon became apparent that the chances for success were slim and the U.S. Government disavowed the rebels.]