Letter, 1831 May 16, Milledgeville, [Georgia] to Rev[erend] Samuel A. Worcester / George R. Gilmer

Collection:
Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Title:
Letter, 1831 May 16, Milledgeville, [Georgia] to Rev[erend] Samuel A. Worcester / George R. Gilmer
Creator:
Georgia. Governor (1829-1831 : Gilmer)
Publisher:
Manuscript held by the The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, State Library Cherokee Collection, box 1, folder 29, document ch044.
Date of Original:
1831-05-16
Subject:
Cherokee Indians--Missions
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865
Location:
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
Medium:
letters (correspondence)
Type:
Text
Format:
text/html
image/jpeg
Description:
A copy of a letter in which George R. Gilmer, Governor of Georgia, writes to Reverend Samuel A. Worcester informing him that all white persons who refuse to take the oath to support the constitution and laws of the state are requested to vacate Cherokee lands and that the United States does not recognize missionaries acting under the direction of the American Board of Foreign Missions as government agents, May 16, 1831.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries in 2000, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Local Identifier:
ch044
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_ch044
Digital Object URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_ch044#item
IIIF manifest:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_ch044/presentation/manifest.json
Language:
eng
Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
Cite as: [title of item], State Library Cherokee Collection, The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
Extent:
2 pages/leaves
Holding Institution:
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Rights:
Rights Statement information

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[added text (appears to be different ink and hand): H. ]

Letter from his Excellency George R. Gilmer, governor of the State of Georgia, to Rev. Samuel A Worcester, dated at Milledgeville,
May 16th, 1831.


Sir,
It is a part of my official duty to cause all white persons residing within the territory of the State, occupied by the Cherokees to be removed therefrom, who refuse to take the oath to support the constitution and laws of the State
Information has been received of your continued residence within that territory, without complying with the requisites of the law, and of your claim to be exempted from its operation, on an account of your holding the office of postmaster of New Echota.
You have no doubt been informed of your dismissal from that office. That you may be under no mistake as to this matter, you are also informed the government of the United States does not recognise [recognize] as its agents the missionaries acting under the direction of the American Board of Foreign Missions. Whatever may have been your conduct in opposing the humane policy of the general government, or exciting the Indians to oppose the jurisdiction of the State,


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I am still desirous of giving you and all others similarly situated, an opportunity of avoiding the punishment which will certainly follow your further residence within the state contrary to its laws. You are therefore, advised to remove from the territory of Georgia, occupied by the Cherokees.
Col. Sanford, the commander of the Guard, will be requested to have this letter delivered to you, and to delay your arrest until you shall have had an opportunity of leaving the State.

Very respectfully, yours, &c. [et cetera] [added text (appears to be different ink): (Signed) ]
[Signed] George R. Gilmer. [added text (appears to be different ink): N.B. [Nota Bene] Letters similar in [unclear text: purport ], except so far as the fact that Mr. Worcester held the office of postmaster occasioned a difference were sent and on the same date to Messrs. [Messieurs] Butrick & Proctor, at Carmel; Mr. Thompson at Hightower, & Dr. Butler, at Haweis. ]

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