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In Their Own Words

September 11, 1772

Letter Expressed Little Hope for Road

Savannah merchant James Habersham replied to John Mountie, Lt. Governor of East Florida, who had written inquiring about the possibility of a road connecting the two provinces. Habersham’s reply was not encouraging, though he too wished to see such a road:

“… I am sorry its not at present in my Power to inform you where a future road in this Province will terminate on the St. Mary’s River, and neither do I know, whether any road has been attempted to be made between that River and the River Altamaha, where there are very few Setlers [sic] … I clearly see the Necessity of having an easy and commodious Communication between this province and East Florida, which must be mutually beneficial, and be assured, Sir, if it lays in my Power, I will spare no pains to effect it, but I have no fund for such Purposes, or even to defray the least public service, and when we shall have an Assembly, that will be wise enough to understand their own Interest, I know not… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 207-208.