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In Their Own Words

March 13, 1764

Letter Expressed Concern about Georgia’s Southern Boundary

Savannah merchant James Habersham wrote to Georgia’s colonial agent William Knox concerning the terms of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War. Under this treaty, Spain ceded East and West Florida to England, while France ceded all lands east of the Mississippi River (except New Orleans) to England. In this letter, Habersham expressed concern that Georgia’s southern boundary was not being moved to include parts of Florida, and he expressed satisfaction that the French would no longer be Georgia’s neighbors.

“… It is with concern we find that the Boundary of this Province is confined to St. Mary’s [River], the method by which it was effected, considering the behaviour of those concerned, is no ways surprising to us. The Cession of New Orleans and the Lands West of the River Mississippi to Spain yields us great satisfaction, as we the hopefull indeed pretty well assured the Spaniards will prove more advantageous and less turbulent Neighbors, than we should have found the French to be… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), p. 18.