Transcripts of the Earl of Egmont papers
Transcripts created by E. Merton Coulter from contemporary, hand-written copies of letters and documents from 1732 to 1745 relating to the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America
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Date of Original
Causton, Thomas, 1692-ca 1745--Correspondence
Christie, Thomas, fl 1733-1742--Correspondence
Martryn, Benjamin, 1699-1763--Correspondence
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785--Correspondence
Perceval, John, Earl, 1683-1748--Correspondence
Georgia--Politics and government--To 1775
Georgia--Social life and customs--To 1775
Indians of North America--Georgia
Papers (document genre)
papers (document genre)
The collection consists of transcripts created by E. Merton Coulter from contemporary, hand-written copies of letters and documents from 1732-1745 relating to the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America. The correspondence includes letters between officials and settlers in the Colony and the Trustees. Major correspondees include James Oglethorpe, Thomas Causton, Samuel Eveleigh, Thomas Christie, Elisha Dobree, John Wesley and Trustees Benjamin Martryn and Harman Verelst. The letters provide comprehensive information regarding the settlement of Georgia, especially in Savannah and Frederica; Indian trading and relations; activities of the French and Spanish; the question of slavery; Salzburger and Moravian settlers; and religious matters.
The letters are bound chronologically based on the Old Style Calendar. Some documents are dual dated with both the Julian and Gregorian calendar dates.
The majority of the letters are contemporary copies, the originals often reside in the British Public Record Office.
Due to its fragile condition, the original volumes can only be accessed through the transcript, microfilm, or digital surrogates.
The Letters from Georgia (serial no. 14200-14213) form part of twenty volumes purchased by the University in 1947. The volumes consituted a portion of the library of Sir Thomas Phillips, were known as the Phillips collection, and reported to have originally belonged to the Earl of Egmont, first President of the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Earl of Egmont papers, ms746; List of early settlers, ms4132.
Related collections held by the Georgia Room and the Main Library at the University of Georgia Libraries: The journal of the Earl of Egmont; abstract of the trustees proceedings for establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738. Athens, University of Georgia Press,  ; Journal of the Earl of Egmont, first president of the Board of trustees, from June 14, 1738, to May 25, 1744. Atlanta, Ga., The Franklin-Turner company, 1908 ; Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont. London, H.M. Stationery off., 1920-23 ; A list of the early settlers of Georgia, by E. Merton Coulter and Albert B. Saye. Athens, Univ. of Georgia Press