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In Their Own Words

February 10, 1766

Georgia and South Carolina Stamp Act Opposition

Compounding royal governor James Wright’s inability to enforce the Stamp Act in Georgia was the failure of South Carolina’s governor to enforce the law there, as noted in Wright’s letter to the British Board of Trade:

“Since mine to your Lordships of the 7th instant I received the Inclosed News Paper from Charles Town South Carolina. With Respect to the Falsity of that Paragraph relative to what Passed here. I refer your Lordships to the above letter by this Opportunity. This Step of Lieut. Governor Bulls opening the Port in Carolina Contrary to the late [Stamp] Act of Parliament under Pretence that no Stampt Papers are to be had, when in Fact they are Lodged by his Order at Fort Johnson, & under his own Immediate Authority & direction, occasions great Murmuring in this Province, and Im [sic] afraid will raise the People in arms again. And thus your Lordships will See how I am Continually Perplexed & kept in hot water, not only by the Seditious Spirit & Base attempts of the People there in a Private Way, but by the Conduct of those in Authority, from whom I Conceive I ought rather to Expect Assistance… .”

Source: Kenneth Coleman and Milton Ready (eds.), Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. 28, Part II (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1979), p. 137.