[Letter] July 22, [to] the Governor [of Georgia] / Major Gen[era]l Ja[me]s Jackson

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July 22d
Since writing the foregoing Mr Townsend has arrived here & has favored me with the inclosed statement of affairs in the Nation -- He seems to have from conversation with him some small hope that matters may not yet come to extremity but to add to our misfortunes Four of the eight Indians captured at St Marys escaped previous to my order for taking them under my custody -- so that every thing bears against us. I should advise your Excellency to let the rest go -- Townsend & Garvin seek much of this opinion. Townsend says seven eighths of the whole nation were certainly with us and that letting them go would regain their confidence in a great degree & if requested I have no doubt he would go with them with a talk from you. He thinks it very fortunate Mr Barnard & himself met the Indians

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previous to their reaching the Town they belonged to -- in the present state it is impossible to form any opinion on [deleted text: the ] [added text: what ] may be the result -- that it is necessary however to be fully prepared must be obvious to every one -- The Indians gave nearly literally on their return the account I wrote your Excellency except that none were hurt but Cornell & that it was David & not Alex Cornell that was killed -- the fourth was a small boy who had not got in. He [added text: Townsend ] seems much alarmed about Barnards safety. The whole of those talks have been sent me by Mr Seagrove to copy for you -- He meant to have gone to the nation- he is now here.
I wish as soon as possible to hear from you, respecting the men to be kept in Service & the supplies -- the Southern Counties will otherwise go & they are starving in Camden exclusive of being

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in the most horrid situation among themselves so much so that the event cannot be otherwise I fear than fatal to the County -- & they are now so involved that I [deleted text: fear ] [added text: think ] it impossible for any Officer to effect a reconciliation Lt Randolphs conduct of the Camden Troop has been impeached but without any written charges to enable me to arrest him perhaps they may have been laid before you -- it is actually impossible to form any Judgment from such opposite & clashing representations and dangerous for any Individual (Officer or not) to go or act as both Parties stand prepared to charge him as Marshalled on the other side. What I wrote your Excellency at first I believe you will allow to have been just -- the almost total impossibility of an election there at all if the present be not considered valid.

I am Sir
Yr [Your] Excellencys
most Obedt Servt [Obedient Servant]
[Signed] Jas [James] Jackson I send you a copy of information just obtained which goes more closely against Randolph -- the Troop is much wanted but his conduct if this man can be relied on is highly reprehensible -- I beg your orders on the subject.
The Man making the Affidavit Kirby is charged as a Deserter- I have ordered him if possible to be taken into custody as well to give evidence as to asscertain [ascertain] that Fact
I beg to know the Commanding officer of Camden -- Johnston was first appointed -- I am now told the unfortunate that Williams was -- I have never been informed ever of his election -- they are under no arrangement for want of Field Officers & they all claim command

His Excellency the Governor

Indian Affairs
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[page(s) missing] has been an unnecessary man called into service
From letters in Town from the Northward it appears there to be the [deleted text: a ] general belief that Congress will be called earlier than the Constitution day.

I am Sir
Yr [Your] Excellencys most Obedt [Obedient] Servant
[Signed] Jas [James] Jackson Major Genl [General] 1st Division

Another parcel of Arms have arrived here & I have requested Major Habersham to detain a proportion of them for this Division -- there are no swords -- if we could but [illegible text] our Horsemen well with them they would be much more valuable. If your Excellency should think of a movement would it not be well to retain [unclear text: Garvin ] who was with General Twiggs and Akin whose affidavit I sent you in the publick [public] pay. They are both well acquainted & excellent pilots