[Letter] 1772 Apr. 1, Whitehall [to James] Habersham, Savannah / [Earl of] Hillsborough

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1772 Apr. 1, Whitehall [to James] Habersham, Savannah / [Earl of] Hillsborough
Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793
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Creek Indians--Claims against
Georgia--Politics and government
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
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Letter, dated April 1, 1772, from Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough and also Marquis of Downshire, to James Habersham, President of the Council in Savannah, relative to the progress of Georgia, specifically respecting the lawless behavior of settlers and crimes allegedly committed by the neighboring Creek Indians. Plans for the manufacture of silk in Georgia are mentioned. Hillsborough was the Secretary of State for the colonies.
Digital image of original manuscript, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2000, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], Marquis of Wills Hill Downshire, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Marquis of Wills Hill Downshire, box MS 526, folder N/A, document 01.
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1st. April 1772
Since my Letter to you of the
5th of Febry [February], I have received and laid before the King your Dispatches numbered 7 & 8.
I cannot but lament that the Progress which the Colony of Georgia is so rapidly making to Wealth and Importance should meet with such frequent Checques [Checks] from the lawless Behaviour [Behavior] of the Back Settlers on the one hand and the Violences and Outrages of the Savages on the other; and although the Steps you have taken upon occasion of the late Murder perpetrated by a Creek Indian upon one of the Settlers at Queensborough appear to have been very proper and will I hope have the Effect to procure the Satisfaction you have demanded, yet I see no ground to expect a Cessation of these Outrages unless the Inhabitants are restrained from avenging themselves for any Injuries that may be done to them by the Indians, and prevailed on to seek Redress through the Intervention of Government only.
The Caution you used to prevent the Small-pox from being introduced in the [added text: Mr President Habersham ]

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Province by the Ship from Belfast is very commendable, and will I hope be attended with those good Effects which you have reason to expect from so judicious a Measure.
The House of Commons having voted the Sum of £3186 for the Support of the Civil Establishment of Georgia for the present Year, I send you inclosed [enclosed] a Copy of the Estimate upon which that Grant is founded for your Direction in the Application thereof.
The Addition made to this Estimate in the Allowance for the purchase of Implements and Utensils for improving the Manufacture of Raw Silk will I hope enable us to send out the necessary Utensils to supply such of the Inhabitants as are desirous of carrying on that Manufacture and cannot afford to procure them for themselves.

I am, Sir,
Your Most Obedient Servan [document damaged: t ]
[Signed] Hillsboroug [hole in document: h ] [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): Received at Savannah (Georgia) the [unclear text: 9 Inst ] copy 2 [unclear text: from ] Charleston [illegible text] ]