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In Their Own Words

September 13, 1772

Letter Told of Political Fights

Savannah merchant James Habersham wrote to royal governor James Wright, then in England, on what he saw as an abysmal state of Georgia politics:

“… The Chief Justice has involved himself in political Disputes, contrary to my wish and advice, which has ended, as I expected, in the most virulent, personal Invectives, with which our Gazette now Weekly groans, and must make us contemptable sic, and on this account, it gives me real pain, altho’ I am not the least concerned in it, and I thank God I have not an apparent Enemy in the Province, altho’ I will not say, that I have not a few, I hope very secret ones… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah, Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 210.