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Catalog Number MS 543-01-01-01
Object Name Manuscript
Scope & Content This collection consists of a letter book containing copies of letters from Governor John Martin, as well as three additional letters. One of these is copied in the letter book; the others are to Governor Martin. The letters in the letter book are to military and government officials. The letters are concerned with Native American troubles, copies of Native American talks, raising of local troops and quota of Continental troops, payment and supplies for troops, aid to Continental forces, desertion and apathy among soldiers, situation of British troops occupying Savannah, lack of food and supplies for civilian population, confiscated property, trouble between inhabitants of Georgia and East Florida, withdrawal of British soldiers from Savannah, appointment of officials, and a proposed salary increase for the governor. Some of the correspondents include: Alexander Martin (1740-1807), governor of North Carolina; John Mathews, governor of South Carolina; Patrick Tonyn, governor of East Florida, Generals Nathanael Greene, Anthony Wayne, Andrew Pickens, Lachlan McIntosh, Tallasee King and other Creek Indians; Speaker and member of the House of Assembly; delegates for the state of Georgia in Congress at Philadelphia; Colonels Elijah Clark, James Jackson, John Cooper, Stephen Johnson, Edward Carrington, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney; Major J[ohn] H[abersham]; Mr. Dunlap, printer at Parker's Ferry [S.C.]; Messrs. Washington and [Charles] Odingsell, commissioners of Chatham County; many Savannah merchants; Aedanus Burke; Richard Howly [sic]; Dr. John Waudin; Richard Henderson; Edmund Davies; Frederick Rolfes; Commissioners of forfeited estates; Cornelius Collins; Captains Patrick Carr, John Hill, Robert Greer. One of the loose letters is from William Gibbons, Speaker of the House of Assembly, dated 1782, in which Gibbons notifies Martin of his appointment of governor. Another letter from Stephen Heard to Martin, dated 1782, congratulates Martin for being in possession of Savannah and talks about Native Americans who fought under British provocation against American that now wish to make peace.
Physical characteristics Materials are fragile
Creator Martin, John, circa 1730-1786
Title Letter book, January 1-October 22, 1782 (pgs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)
Copyrights Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection John Martin letter book and letters
Subjects Georgia. Militia
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865
Indians of North America--Georgia
Letter books
Letters (correspondence)
Martin, John, ca. 1730-1786
South Carolina--Politics and government
People Martin, John, ca. 1730-1786