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This Day in Georgia History

October 26, 1749

Colonists Sent Letter to Trustees on Allowing Slavery into Georgia

At the direction of the Georgia Trustees, a convention of the “most able” Georgians convened with instructions to decide what regulations were necessary to introduce slave labor into the colony of Georgia. Convention delegates signed a letter urging the Trustees to allow slavery immediately. Among the conditions suggested: that the percentage of slaves to whites be regulated, that slaves not be allowed to learned any trade except coopering “as it would thereby injure the poor white artizan,” and that Trustees keep a record of all slaves imported or brought into Georgia. The letter was then sent to the Trustees in London.