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In Their Own Words

October 14, 1775

Letter Detailed Growing Independence Movement

A desperate James Wright, Georgia’s royal governor, wrote to Lord Dartmouth, British secretary of state for the colonies, about the independence movement in Georgia:

“My Lord: Since my last [letter] a party of the backcountry people went armed to a small stockade fort on the ceded lands which was garrisoned by a party of the rangers and compelled the commanding officer to deliver it up to them, and they then immediately sent a messenger express to the Council of Safety here, to acquaint them what they had done and receive their directions, and those people ordered them to deliver up the officer and return to their habitations. It is this day reported that another small fort on those lands has also been taken from the rangers who garrisoned it. In short, My Lord, the poison has infected the whole province, and neither law, Government or regular authority have any weight or are at all attended to.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 39.