Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. H. P. Sedding]
March [16?], 1939.
420 Hilderbrandt Bldg.
Rose Shepherd, Writer.
1880 ENGLISH COLONY, FRUITLAND PARK.
Mr. H.P. Sedding, consulting engineer, associated with the firm of Robert M. Angas, 420 Hilderbrandt Building, is an Englishman nearing 70. Speaking in short crisp sentences, his accent strongly British, he related the following:
“In 1886, while residing at the Hotel de [Grasse?] in London, England, there registered at the same hotel, a man - his name I have now forgotten - who had just returned from Florida, U. S. A.
“He stated he had met some young Englishman, some eighteen, others in their early twenties, who had been induced through an agent for a so-called agricultural school to go to Florida and engage in agricultural training. This man had visited them in their home in England, painting in glorious colors a paradise in the tropics where oranges could be grown in great abundance and with very little effort.
“Of course, he explained, the work would require a course of training, for which a certain sum was asked to cover transportation, with monthly remittances for tuition.
“The men paid the advance and signed up. They were herded into a freighter for their trip to the United States, which precluded their taking much baggage. They were told their clothing requirements would be very simply. But they took their dress suits, in order to be properly attired should the occasion arise in this