- Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
- Letter, 1832 Jan. 27, Clarkesville, Georgia, to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia, Milledgeville, Georgia / John Coffee
- Coffee, John, 1782-1836
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- Cherokee Indians--Land tenure
Cherokee Indians--Claims against
- United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
- official reports
- This is a letter dated January 27, 1832 from John Coffee in Clarkesville (Habersham County, Georgia) to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835), regarding Coffee's efforts to rent lands formerly belonging to the Cherokees and to settle conflicting claims to said lands. Coffee reports that these improved lands are now of higher value than they previously were and have been commanding good prices. He also tells Governor Lumpkin that Indians in the area have committed depredations around local gold mines, and he has sent a detachment to scout the area. Coffee also reports threats from Indians near the Tennessee River, and he says that another detachment has been sent to that area.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, 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], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
- 3 pages/leaves
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- Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 01, folder 46, document 07.
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- Hargrett Library
Jany [January] 27. 1832
My time has been so entirely occupied attending to my duties in renting the abandoned improvements, and setting the many conflicting claims that I have not been able to write. The time allowed to travel from one country to another has in some instances been so short that I have been compeld [compelled] to use every diligence or not reach the appointments. this duty is now nearly over and I am happy to say that the improvements commanded good prices generally. there has been a falling off in some of the large plantations, but from all the information I can obtain they have rented for fully their value; the small improvements have generally rented at improved prices from the last year.
On my arrival at Head Quarters I learned that the Indians had taken advantage of the interregnum occationed [occasioned] by the reorganization of the guard and were committing depredations in the small [unclear text: way ] on the mines. the day after I arrived I sent a detachment
to scour the country about the upper mines; and on the next day a detachment with similar orders was dispatched to the sixe's.
Soon after I left Scudders Colonel Williams was called upon to furnish a guard to escort some emigrating Indians to the Agency on Highwassee; the Indians on the Tennessee river having threatened to commit violence on them so even as they should cross our line, Mr Young with a detachment is now on this service. I hope to reach Head Quarters on wednesday next, when I shall again have the honor of addressing you should any thing occur.
I have the honor to be most respectfully your Obdt Servt [Obedient Servant]
[Signed] Jno [John] Coffee
To his Exclency [Excellency] Wilson Lumpkin Milledgeville
To Wilson Lumpkin Governor of Georgia Milledgeville
27 January 1832