Letter, 1832 Nov. 22, Milledgeville to Governor Wilson Lumpkin, Milledgeville / John Coffee

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November 22 -- 1832
Governor Lumpkin
In answer to your enquiry of yesterday, asking "What regulations in my opinion would be necessary for the protections of the Indians in the Chartered limits of Georgia, after the present Guard is dismissed."" I have the honor of stating that I am of Opinion that unless the Legislature should make some provision for their protection, the Indians will be compeld [compelled] to abandon their possessions, or apply to the General Government for that protection, which for the honor, and interest of Georgia should be afforded by the state. The great desire of our citizens to enjoy immediately the lands they may draw, will induce them to make every effort in their power to drive the Indians from their improvements. If the state would appoint an agent for the protection of the Indians and their property, who should reside in the country, and have command of eight or ten men, he could give them the necessary protection, aid the civil authority in enforcing the laws of the state; and protect from trespass such

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valueable [valuable] gold mines as may be drawn by widows, orphans or such persons as may not take immediate possession of them. This I am inclined to think would be the only way to afford the protection the honor of the state demands, if his interest did not require it. The expence [expense] of this guard will be inconsiderable, and the time short that will require it to be continued, for I have the strongest reasons to believe that should the state evince a desire to give the Indians the necessary protection, and do them ample Justice in all things, that this perplexing business will speedily be adjusted to the entire satisfaction of all. These ideas are hastily thrown together for your exelencys [excellency's] reflections,
by your Obdt Servt. [Obedient Servant]
[Signed] Jno [John] Coffee
To his Excellency Wilson Lumpkin Milledgeville

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To His Excellency Wilson Lumpkin Present.

Genl. [General] John Coffee
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Nov. [November] 1832