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In Their Own Words

February 07, 1766

Stamp Act Troubles Reported

Georgia royal governor James Wright wrote the British Board of Trade about the continuing problems caused by the Stamp Act:

“On the Second instant His Majesties Ship Speedwell arrived at a very Seasonable time, as by Capt. Fanshaw’s taking the [stamped] Papers on Board the King’s Ship I was Enabled to order up the Officers & Rangers from Fort George, and then Muster’d 70 Officers & Men here. Capt. Fanshawe also brought his Ship up, and Promised me the Assistance of 20 Men, and Several Gentlemen & others also Promised to Join me if the Villains Should come to Town. For Notwithstanding I had been able to disperse a great Number, yet two hundred & forty of them were then within 3 Miles, and being much Exasperated against me for Sending the Papers away, had agreed to Come to me & demand that I Should Order Order the Papers back, to be delivered up to them, and if I did not, they were to Shoot me. This was avowedly declared by Some of them, and on Tuesday the 4th instant they actually had the Insolence to appear near the Town Common with their Arms & Colours, but finding I had near 100 Men that I Could Command & depend upon, & being told that Many would Join me as Volunteers, after Staying there about 3 Hours, I was Informed they differed amonst themselves & begun to disperse, and I have now the great Satisfaction to Acquaint your Lordships that they are all dispersed. But my Lords Some of them declared they were offered assistance from Carolina to the amount of from 4 to 500, & if they came Would be ready to return again. If none come from thence I hope to Remain quiet. Possibly your Lordships may be Surprized that I have not mentioned Calling out the Militia, but I have too much Reason to think I Should have armed more against me than for me, & that Volunteers were the only People I Could have any Confidence in or dependance upon… .”

Source: Kenneth Coleman and Milton Ready (eds.), Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. 28, Part II (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1979), pp. 136-137.