- Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
- Letter [with sworn statement], 1832 Jan. 31, Gainesville, Georgia, to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia, Milledgeville, Georgia / John Coffee
- Coffee, John, 1782-1836
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- Cherokee Indians--Claims against
Cherokee Indians--Land tenure
Cherokee Indians--Legal status, laws, etc.
Waters, George M.
- United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
- official reports
- This is a letter from General John Coffee dated January 31, 1832 to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835), regarding a land dispute between several white men and Cherokee leader George M. Waters. Coffee tells the governor that he thinks that Waters has no legitimate claim to the land in question, although he includes with his letter a sworn statement by one of Waters' employees, Martin Brannon, arguing his employer's case. Coffee also tells the governor that the renting of former Cherokee lands has been going very well, and he estimates that the rented land, which covers five counties, will bring in a revenue of about ten thousand dollars. Other documents related to this dispute are tcc700, tcc701, and tcc703.
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
- 4 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 09.
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January 31st 1832.
Dr [Dear] Sir;
At the request of the persons concerned I inclose [enclose] you a statement made by each party, respecting their claims to improvements made by white persons inside of a neighbourhood [neighborhood] fence made for the purpose of keeping the cattle from the Chattahuchee bottoms, as well as protecting their crops. I expect you have seen Majr. [Major] Waters, he told me he would call on you, my opinion is that he has no legitimate claim to the improvements thus made by white men. The length of this fence is stated by some to be nine, and others twelve miles, Majr. [Major] Waters admits it to be six miles. your opinion I have no doubt would give satisfaction to all concerned. The renting of [off] yesterday was quite as good as I expected. The aggregate amount in the five counties will be about ten thousand dollars.
I have the honor to be most respectfully your obdt Sert. [obedient Servant]
[Signed] Jno [John] Coffee
To his Exelency [Excellency] Wilson Lumpkin Governor of Georgia
I certify the fence enclosing the bend below Major Waters' [deleted text: plantation ] [added text: house ] was made in the year
1827. for three purposes viz. 1st for the protection of a field in the bend that we had cleared. 2d. for the purpose of raising stock Hogs 3d. by [added text: enclosing ] the bend we would have an oppy [opportunity] of clearing more land when we Shou'd [Should] require it. I have lived with Major Waters for upwards of five years, at the time I enclosed the bend there was no claim or clearing but Major Waters' within the bend in the year
1829 Webb and Coleman cleared each of them a field within the bend, our fence protected their crops to the present time. the year
1830 Andrew Hambleton, Z. [Zachariah] Slayton, Jno [John] -- Hambleton and A. Pierce cleared each a field within [deleted text: one ] [added text: said ] fence, which fence protected their crops. I do further certify that Major Waters works from 17 to 20 hands since my residence with him. by these persons clearing the land within our fence we have been prevented clearing as much
land as our force required --
[Signed] Martin Brannon his X mark
In Presence of
[Signed] john anderson
Gainesville Ga [Georgia] }
6th Feb [February] }
To his Exelency [Excellency] Wilson Lumpkin Governor of Georgia Milledgeville
31 Jany [January] 1832
with other papers enclosed
Cherokee Gold Mines
A. [Andrew] Hamilton