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In Their Own Words

May 25, 1775

Letter Expressed Distress at Revolution

On this day, James Habersham wrote to a friend in Charleston, S.C. about the momentous events leading to the American Revolution:

“… I am greatly distressed about the bloody News we hear from the Northward [the battles of Lexington and Concord], and I am afraid there is now an End to all Reconciliation, unless the blessed God by some extraordinary Interposition should bring it about, which I most humbly pray he may do - I think from this Event may be dated the almost ruin of Great Britain and this very flourishing Continent… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah, The Georgia Historical Society, 1904), p. 245.