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In Their Own Words

March 12, 1772

Letter Described Early Opposition to British Policies

Writing to royal governor James Wright (then in London) Savannah merchant Joseph Habersham wrote of the growing popularity in the assembly of those opposed to British policies. Habersham himself had not yet joined the revolutionary bandwagon:

“… Last Monday the 9th The Election for this Town was held, when the former representatives were chosen, without the least opposition, only 19 Votes were given, and from the quiet appearance, as I am told throughout the Town, A Man must have been at some Pains to know, that such a Transaction was on Foot. It is said the Opposition was surprised, that none were made, and doubtless, they had room for many Conjectures. Had any opposition been made, its my opinion, that many of those, who formerly voted for the present Members would have designedly not appeared, as I am persuaded, that many of these poor People begin to suspect, that they have been made Cats-Paws to carry on the sinister Views of a few designing Men. But it will take time to eradicate the Prejudices, that they have imbibed, and has been so industriously propogated among them for 7 years past… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 168-169.