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In Their Own Words

June 13, 1772

Letter on Good Condition of Late Colonial Georgia

Things looked much better in Georgia by 1772, as reported in a letter from James Habersham to royal governor James Wright, who was then in London:

“I sit down with great pleasure to acquaint you, that after a long drought, we have now very fine rains, and an Appearance of their continuing, they are gentle, and the parched Earth must drink them up… .Your Fields look well here. I thought I had fully answered all your letters … but find I have omitted to answer a Question you put, whether there would be setlers [sic] enough offer to take up and purchase the Lands, if ceded, - I answer in the affirmative, as I am well informed, there are hundreds of reputable and industrious families waiting to settle, when the Cession may take place. I had an Application in writing from two Presbyterian Congregations in North Carolina, and signed by 360 Men, principally Heads of Families, who requested a reserve of those Lands of 20 Miles square, to settle at least two Large Congregations… . [T]here were upwards of 600 Families on the North side of the Savannah River waiting that Event, an Indication, that those Lands are of the richest Quality, which I believe is the Case, and from the Account, I have had of their Fertility and healthy Situation, one would be tempted to reside there… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah, The Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 184-185.