Expulsion of Massachusetts man from Florida

February 13, 1857

Joseph L. Blodgett, from Charlemont, Franklin County, tells of being in Florida, one day confronted by armed men, stripped, lashed eighty times, finally put on board a vessel going out of state.  The reason given for his treatment was that he had taught “the Negroes in Jacksonville how to read, and that I was knowing to a negro’s running away. Both these statements were false.”