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In Their Own Words

December 04, 1765

Letter Opposed Rebellion and Stamp Act

Writing to Georgia’s colonial agent in England, Savannah merchant James Habersham expressed his displeasure with rebellious activities in the colonies, but also voiced opposition to the Stamp Act which had the colonists so upset:

“… I suppose all the Ports to the Northward of us are shut up, as well as ours, occasioned by not admitting the Stamp Act to operate. The Infection began in Boston, and has spread itself all the Way to this Place, and I am afraid, too many of us mean to be as good Patriots as our Northern Neighbors, notwithstanding we do it to our manifest Injury: I say to our manifest Injury, for altho’ I really look upon the Stamp Act, as an ill advised Measure, and that, as it stands must prove very burthensome to the Inhabitants of this Continent, yet I cannot see, that our refusing to receive the stamp and consequently stopping up our Ports, the Courts of Justice, and in short all Public Offices, can have the least Efficacy, towards obtaining a repeal of it, but on the Contrary must (if adhered to for a few months) go near to ruin this Province… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 49-50.