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In Their Own Words

January 23, 1782

James Wright on Revolution in Georgia

Six months before Savannah was recaptured by American forces, Georgia’s royal governor James Wright wrote the British Board of Trade:

” … I wish it were in my Power to give your Lordships any agreeable Accounts of our Situation here, but that from a Variety of Unfortunate Events, I Cannot do. We are now Confined almost to our Lines round the Town, & are Expecting a Powerfull attack every day, & Probably a Siege. And thus is this Most Valuable Province Ruined, & I fear lost, for Want of that Protection, & attention, which I Conceive the Loyalty of the Inhabitants, Intitled them to.”

Source: Kenneth Coleman and Milton Ready (eds.), Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Volume 28, Part II (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1979), p. 408.