Letter, 1832 Feb. 5, Etowah, C[herokee] N[ation] to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia, Milledgeville / John Coffee

Collection:
Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Title:
Letter, 1832 Feb. 5, Etowah, C[herokee] N[ation] to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia, Milledgeville / John Coffee
Creator:
Coffee, John, 1782-1836
Date of Original:
1832-02-05
Subject:
Cherokee Indians--Claims against
Cherokee Indians--Land tenure
Real property
Gold mines and mining
Location:
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
Medium:
official reports
military records
Type:
Text
Format:
text/html
image/jpeg
Description:
This is a letter dated February 5, 1832 from John Coffee at Etowah (Cherokee Nation) to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835), informing the governor that he has decided to rent former Cherokee lands near gold mines in northern Georgia to the highest bidder. He says that this plan is indispensable as there are many applicants for each place for rent. He complains that his few attempts to rent lands through private contracts have been troublesome. Coffee closes the letter by alleging that the Indians in the area are making some efforts to dig gold and that their attempts are a nuisance. He plans to station a detachment of troops nearby in order to prevent them from making any further efforts to mine the gold.
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.
Local Identifier:
tcc705
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc705
Digital Object URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc705#item
Language:
eng
Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
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
Extent:
3 pages/leaves
Original Collection:
Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 01, folder 46, document 10.
Holding Institution:
Hargrett Library
Rights:

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Head Quarters Etowah
Feby [February] 5th 1832
Dear Sir;
Since I have had the pleasure of seeing Doctor Rees, and the valueing [valuing] agents, I have decided to rent the recently abandoned places at public [illegible text], to the highest bidder. This plan is indispensible [indispensable] from the number of places to rent, and the number of applicants for each place of much value. It would be impossible for me to accomplish the business in a reasonable time, and utterly impossible to give any thing like satisfaction to the mass of applicants, if I was to persue [pursue] a different plan. The few places I have rented at private contract will give me much trouble, for in no instance whare [where] I have rented privately but a difficulty has arisen. I have nothing to communicate in relation to the guard --


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The Indians notwithstanding the severe cold make some efferts [efforts] at diging [digging] gold, but it is in quite the small way, just enough to annoy us. during the coming week I shall station a detachment at the upper mines, this I hope will effectually prevent any further attempts to violate the law.

I have the honor to be most respectfully your Obdt Servt. [Obedient Servant]
[Signed] Jno [John] Coffee .
To his Exelency [Excellency] Governor Lumpkin Milledgeville





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Hightower C.N. [Cherokee Nation]
Feb [February] 6th [deleted text: [illegible text] ] 18 3/4
To his Exelency [Excellency] Wilson Lumpkin Governor of Georgia Milledgeville

Letter
John Coffee

5th. Feby. [February] 1832.
Cherokee Gold mines

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