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In Their Own Words

August 29, 1776

Council of Safety Minutes on Loyalists

The following entry from the minutes of Georgia’s Council of Safety indicates members had little mercy for loyalists conspiring with the British:

“… Whereas, it has been discovered by sundry informations that some perfidious persons, enemies to American freedom, continue to maintain an intercourse with the officers or commanders of the ships of war now stationed at Cockspur; And whereas, such intercourse may be attended with the most dangerous consequence to the peace and welfare of the Independent States of America; It is, therefore, resolved that from and after this day there shall be no license or pass granted to any person whatsoever, for the purpose of going down to the said ships of war, except to those who are about to leave the Province never to return; and all persons who may be detected in attempting to do the same clandestinely will be punished according to the utmost rigour of the law… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah: Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1901), Vol. V, Part 1, p. 103.