The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 190
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young man with about fifteen hundred dollars annually for sev-
eral years, we have a partial explanation as to his ability to set
himself up as a planter near St. Augustine in the new Florida
Territory and, later, to obtain a plantation near Tallahassee, the
territorial capital and social center of Florida.
Murat went to Savannah in 1825 as "the self-appointed repre-
sentative" of the Territory to participate in welcoming Lafayette.
Levasseur, Lafayette's secretary, commented on his "energy of
mind" and approved of his becoming a planter and preserving
"his name without any title, and by his frank and altogether
democratic manners," obtaining the regard of all who knew
him. This frontier aristocrat was probably at his best while
learning from Emerson, on a sea voyage, and gaining a stronger
and more American faith, or when writing articles on American
democracy for the Paris La Tribune or publishing Esquisse
Morale et Politique des Atats-Unis de l'Amdrique du Nord in
1832. It should be kept in mind, however, that he wrote the last
while waiting, anxiously, in Europe to see if he would become
more than a candidate for the crown of Belgium.
Disappointed with this European venture, he returned to
America in 1833; and, New York, which had almost doubled in
population since he saw her first in 1823, thrilled him by her
ships, her hospitality, and her throbbing democracy. That Li-
pona, his Florida plantation, was heavily mortgaged did not
seem to worry Murat, for such was the manner of Americans in
the Jackson era before the "specie circular." Murat, never ro-
bust, was blessed with energy and friends. Governor Duval as-
sisted him to become a county judge in 1834. His descriptions
of "court-week" and "revivals" are classics. He aspired to become
minister to Portugal; and, while there were some excellent diplo-
matic reasons for not appointing him, he concluded that Van
Buren's machine had ruled him out for a Maine congressman.
Angered at this turn of events, he joined the newly formed
Whig party; for, while he admired Jackson personally, he had
parted company on the issue of the United States Bank. Like
Nicholas Biddle, the banker, he was defeated-it cost him a seat
in the Legislative Council. He proceeded to turn his talents
toward stock speculations, particularly in stocks of the Florida
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