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In Their Own Words

February 22, 1868

Journal Entry Bemoaning Constitutional Convention

Unhappy with the constitutional convention then underway, Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards wrote in his journal:

“Washington’s birthday! – If the ‘Father of his Country’ could now see to what a pitiable condition the land he fought for has come in these latter days he would be sorry I think that he ever rescued her from British thraldom. And our Radical Anti-Constitution Convention dared to adjourn over to do honor to his memory.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 775.