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Joseph Vallence Bevan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bevan, Joseph Vallence, 1798-1830.
Title: Joseph Vallence Bevan papers
Dates: 1733-1826
Extent: 0.9 cubic feet (16 folders, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 0071

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Vallence Bevan (1798-1830), a Savannah lawyer, was appointed official historian of Georgia in 1824. In this capacity he arranged, published, and copied many of the state's official papers and collected others from private sources. He also undertook to write a history of Georgia. Bevan died before he could finish his work, History of Georgia. His papers were scattered, and some were lost.


Scope and Content Note

The Joseph Vallence Bevan papers consist of 138 items, of which most are copies. Many of the originals have been lost or are in other collections not known to the Georgia Historical Society. Some were separated from the boy of the papers and are listed in other Georgia Historical Society collection, with notations that they originated in the Bevan collection.

The papers consist of official colony and state papers, and letters and papers of individuals. The papers cover various phases of colonial and state government; Indian affairs, including original lists of presents to the Indians, 1749-1751; Revolutionary War military affairs, ; and the Yazoo land speculation.

The official papers consist of Lists of Acts disallowed under the Royal Government, 1755-1775; Proceedings of Governor and Council, 1774-1780; Proceedings of Executive Council, 1778-1779, 1782; extracts from the journals of the Georgia House and Senate and resolutions; letters to and from the Governors; proclamations; and negotiations with the Indians.

The writers of letters, depositions, etc. are in alphabetical order: Timothy Barnard, Richard Call, Patrick Carr, Elijah Clark, Zachariah Cox, Count d'Estaing, Nathanael Greene, James Gunn, Abner Hammond, James Jackson, John Loverel, James Madison, M.A.B. Mangourit, Governor Mathews, Old Tossell (Cherokee chief), John Nepommene de Quesada, Archer Norris, Andrew Pickens, Daniel Stewart, Anthony Wayne, Charles Weatherford, and Solomon Wood. In addition, two letters written to Bevan in 1812 relating to the writers' Revolutionary War experiences are from Samuel Beckcom and Richard Winn. There are also parts of two other such letters from sources not identified.

This collection was assembled with the aid of Peter Force's "Table of Documents Collected by Joseph Vallence Bevan," a copy of which is filed with the papers; and through internal evidence, such as notes, etc. The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

Bevan, Joseph Vallence, 1798-1830.
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1780--Personal narratives.
Cherokee Indians--Georgia--History.
Creek Indians--Georgia--History.
Depositions.
Georgia--Boundaries--Florida.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Government records.
Habersham, James, 1715-1775.
Indians of North America--Georgia.
Legal documents.
Letters (correspondence)
Lists (document genres)
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785.
Resolutions (administrative records)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives.
Virginia Yazoo Company.
Yazoo Fraud, 1795.

Location of Originals

Original journal of Richard Winn in the McIntosh papers, Keith Read collection, at the University of Georgia Libraries.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Dr. William Daniell was the executor of Joseph Vallence Bevan's estate; the acquisition date of 1866 is questionable. In the Society's minutes, December 12, 1839, the members resolve to attempt the acquisition of Bevan's collection from Dr. Daniell (Book I, p. 24).

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Joseph Vallence Bevan papers, MS 71, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. William Coffee Daniell, 1866.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.


Separated Material

Two volumes of the Georgia Governor and Council meeting minutes were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Governor and Council collection, MS 277.

One volume of Georgia Executive Council minutes, 1777, was separated and cataloged with the Georgia Executive Council papers, MS 284.


Publication Note

Letters of James Habersham published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, VI (Savannah, 1904).Letter, Jonas Fauche to J.V. Bevan, 1825, published as "The Frontier of Georgia in the Late Eighteenth Century," in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, XLVII (March 1963), 84-95.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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11-2Oration, undated
"Scattered memoranda, relating to the History of Georgia from 1733-1825 inclusive."
 

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2Lists of documents

Covering letter transmitting lists of documents in the Executive Department to Governor George M. Troup, undated

Documents connected with the 1st era, 1732-1766

Documents connected with the 2nd era, 1754-1775

Documents relating to the 3rd era, 1774-1778

Loose documents from, 1783-1802

Documents relating to the 5th era, 1803-1825
 

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3-49-10Bevan's Ms. History of Georgia in two parts: Revolutionary War, 1738-1763
 

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513, 15, 23-31Lists of presents delivered to the Indians, 1749 August 10-1751 July 19
Including presents sold to Messr. Harris and Habersham towards defraying the expenses contracted on account of the Indians. (1 incomplete)
 

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632Copy of a letter written by General Oglethorpe on his return from Georgia, 1733 June 27
 

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633Proceedings of the Assembled Estates of All the Lower Creek Nation, 1739 August 11
Includes James Oglethorpe's letter "To All His Majesty's Subjects..." August 21, 1739. (Coweta treaty)
 

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634Deed of Conveyance, Malatchi Opeya Mico of the Creeks, to Thomas and Mary Bosomworth, the islands of St. Catherine, Ossabaw and Sapelo, 1750 August 2
Signed by the Chiefs (mark).
 

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635Confirmation of above deed, 1750 September 29
 

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636Articles of Friendship and Commerce between the Georgia Trustees and the Chief Men of the Lower Creek, true copy
Made October 18, 1733; dated September 20, 1751.
 

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737Deposition of Thomas Marriott concerning the treaty made at Coweta and Cusseta, 1739 August 11, 1755 April 24
 

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738List of Captions and Acts disallowed under the Royal government, 1755-1775
 

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739Copy of Resolves of Assembly of Georgia on the Oppressive Acts of the British Parliament, 1775 February
 

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740Conversation and information to the town of Savannah from Governor Wright to Noble Wimberly Jones and Joseph Clay, 1776 January 18
Regarding arrival of Men of War and would be expecting provisions from town.
 

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741Conversation between Governor Wright, Noble Wimberly Jones and Joseph Clay, 1776 January 22
Reply to above.
 

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742Proceedings of Council of Safety, 1775 December 11-1776 March 1 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
 

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743Proceedings of Council of Safety, 1776 April 30-1776 August 19
 

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744Resolutions and proceedings of Supreme Executive Council, 1778 August 31-1779 August 18
Regarding protection of families of persons who have gone to East Florida; appointment of members of Supreme Executive Council.
 

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745Duplicate of Resolution of August 31, 1778
 

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846Proceedings of Council (Executive Board?), 1782 January 4-1782 March 12
 

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847Letter of General Nathanael Greene to Governor John Martin, 1782 January 9
 

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848Letter of the House of Representatives of Georgia to the President of the Continental Congress, 1782 January 12
Regarding conditions in the state.
 

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849Letter from General Anthony Wayne to Governor John Martin, 1782 February 19
 

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850Proclamation of Governor John Martin, 1782 February 20
Offering pardon and protection to all citizens within British lines, with some exceptions.
 

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851Proclamation of Governor John Martin, 1782 February 21
Offering land and livestock to every British non-commissioned officer and private soldier who becomes a citizen of Georgia.
 

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852General orders, 1782 March 2
 

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853Extract of a letter from General Nathanael Greene to Governor John Martin, 1782 March 12
Asking increase in Georgia Continental line.
 

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854Extract of a letter from General Anthony Wayne to Governor John Martin, 1782 March 15
 

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855Report of Committee of House of Representatives of Georgia to Consider Ways and Means to raise Georgia's quota of Continental troops, 1782 May 1
 

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856Governor John Martin's representations of his needs to the House of Representatives, and Resolutions of the House on the subject, 1782 May 3-4
 

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857Proceedings of Council, 1782 May 10-1782 December 5
Includes memoranda from Governor Patrick Tonyn of East Florida, August and December 1782.
 

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858Letter of General Anthony Wayne to General Nathanael Greene, 1782 May 4
Regarding military situation.
 

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859Another copy of above in a different hand
 

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960Minutes of the House of Representatives of Georgia, 1782 July 3-4
 

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961Letter of General Nathanael Greene to Governor John Martin, 1782 July 14
 

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962Resolutions of the House of Representatives of Georgia, 1782 July 27
Providing bounty of Negroes for those who did duty as Dragoons under Colonel James Jackson.
 

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963Report of a committee of the House of Representatives of Georgia, 1782 July 29
Regarding pay for Colonel Jackson's Dragoons, and a Resolution of the House, July 30, 1782, granting Josiah Tattnall's Savannah house to Colonel Jackson for his services.
 

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964Letter of General Nathanael Greene to Governor John Martin, 1782 August 8
 

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965Letter of Patrick Carr to Governor John Martin, 1782 August 11 and 1782 August 22
Two letters on one sheet.
 

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966Letter of General Nathanael Greene to Governor John Martin, 1782 August 16
 

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967-68Proclamations of Governor John Martin, 1782 September 3
Regarding merchants in Savannah, and statement re James Belcher, also a merchant of Savannah, September 6, 1782.
 

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969Letter of Governor John Martin to Patrick Carr, 1782 October 17
 

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970Presentments of the Grand Jury of Chatham County, Georgia, 1782 October 23
 

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971Letter from General Andrew Pickens to Governor John Martin, 1782 October 26
"A message sent to the Middle Grounds, by Charles Beaman, a half breed, and by a fellow called the Horn to the Vallies" September 25, 1782; Talk delivered by General Pickens to the Cherokee Indian Nation, October 17, 1782. 1 folio.
 

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972Letter of General Elijah Clarke to Governor John Martin, 1782 November 3
 

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1073Order of the Georgia House of Assembly to Governor John Martin to send Talk to Creek and Cherokee Nations for a congress at Big Shoals to demand cession of land, etc., 1783 January 11
 

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1074Agreement of Georgia House of Assembly reserving lands for refugees and Continental officers, 1783 February 13
 

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1075Letter of Patrick Carr to Governor Lyman Hall, 1783 September 13
Regarding Georgia-Florida border troubles.
 

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1076Letter of Patrick Carr to Governor Lyman Hall, 1783 December 10
Georgia-Florida border troubles.
 

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1077Letter from Comte d'Estaing to the Governor and House of Assembly of Georgia thanking them for a grant of land in Georgia, 1783 December 20
 

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1078Extract of a letter from Comte d'Estaing to the Chevalier de la Luzerne, regarding his Georgia land grant, undated
 

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1079Resolutions of the Georgia House of Assembly empowering the Governor to issue warrants for land for certain officers named in the resolutions, 1785 February 21
 

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1080Extract of a letter from Jonas Fauche to Governor Mathews, 1785 November 4
Should be 1795. Regarding invasion of East Florida and blockade of St. Mary's River. See also item 118.
 

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1081Talk of Old Tossell Cherokee Chief to Governor of Georgia (Edward Telfair), 1786 February 24
 

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1082Statement of Abner Hammond re Alexander McGillivray and expected invasion of Creek Nation; Extract of a letter from Timothy Barnard to Governor of Georgia George Walton regarding McGillivray and Indian troubles, 1790 January 22
1 folio.
 

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1083Letter from the Governor of South Carolina (Thomas Pinckney) to the Governor of Georgia (George Mathews), 1787 April 2
Regarding armed fugitive slaves.
 

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1084Letter from James Gunn to General James Jackson, 1787 May 6
Regarding armed fugitive slaves.
 

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1085Letter from Governor George Mathews to John Sevier, 1787 August 9
Regarding Indian marauders in frontiers of Greene County.
 

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1086Letter from James Jackson to the Governor of South Carolina (Thomas Pinckney), 1787
Regarding armed fugitive slaves.
 

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1087Letter from James Jackson to the Governor of Georgia (George Mathews), 1787
Regarding armed fugitive slaves.
 

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1088Letter from Solomon Wood to the Governor of Georgia (George Handly), 1788 March 14
Regarding Indian depredations.
 

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1089Letter from the Governor of East Florida (Manuel de Zespedes) to the Governor of Georgia (George Handly), 1788 October 10
Sending confidential information of preparations of Indians for plundering, led by William Bowles.
 

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1090Deposition of John Loverel, 1788 December 17
Regarding his service under William Bowles.
 

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1191Letter from George Walton to Benjamin Lincoln, Cyrus Griffin and David Humphries, Commissioners, 1789 October 4
Regarding Indian lands, treaties, depredations.
 

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1192Letter from John Jones et al to Seaborn Jones, 1789 December 12
Regarding information of Society to promote emigrations from Ireland, France, Switzerland and sister states to settle Western territory.
 

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1193Motion of the House of Representatives, 1789 December 12
For disposing of certain vacant lands; repeats above letter and gives tabulation of votes on the motion.
 

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1194Address to the Citizens of Georgia signed by Seaborn Jones et al on the sale of the Western territory, 1789 December 17
 

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1195Petition of Zachariah Cox et al to General Assembly of Georgia, seeking grant for a settlement on Tennessee River, 1789 December
 

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1196The State vs. Patrick Carr et all: indictment for murder of Acquilla Massey, 1790 September 10
Petition of a number of inhabitants of Burke County for Patrick Carr's reprieve, August 21, 1790. 1 folio
 

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1197Extract from proceedings of the House of Representatives of Georgia: Report of the Committee on the Combined Society, 1790 December 4
Regarding land speculation.
 

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1198Extract of a letter from major Richard Call enclosing message of the Mad Dog of the Coweta towns to Governor Edward Telfair, 1794 July 2
Mad Dog's message was asking satisfaction for death of his son is on verso.
 

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1199Extract from a report of Charles Weatherford to Major Richard Call, regarding statement of Alexander McGillivray that it was dangerous to carry mail through Indian Nation, 1791 November 29
 

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11100Copy of Report of Charles Weatherford, reporting on William Bowles' movements, 1792 January 7
 

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12101Letter of Michel Ange Bernard Mangourit to the Governor of Georgia (Edward Telfair), 1793 October 24
Mangourit was French Consul for Georgia and the two Carolinas. The letter concerns celebration of Georgia on the French Constitution of 1793.
 

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12102Letter of Charles Howard to the Governor of Georgia (George Mathews) regarding recruiting in South Carolina and Georgia for invasion of Florida, 1794 January 3
 

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12103Letter of Governor of Florida (Juan Nepommene de Quesada) to Governor George Mathews regarding intended invasion of Florida, 1794 January 7
 

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12104Affidavit of William Jones re intended invasion of Florida, 1794 February 6
Enclosed in above letter.
 

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12105Deposition of Archer Norris, 1794 August 1
Gives account of action with Indians near Fort Washington, Georgia; plat of ground where it took place.
 

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12106Letter of Colonel Daniel Stewart to General James Gunn, 1794 November 2
Reporting Indian attack on families in Liberty County.
 

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12107-117Abstracts from journals of the House of Representatives, Senate, letters, etc.
December 8, 1794, December 11, 1794, December 12, 1794, December 15, 1794, December 18, 1794, December 25, 1794, December 29, 1794, January 3, 1795, January 4, 1795, January 6, 1795. Regarding sale of Western territory.
 

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12118Letter of Governor of East Florida (Quesada) to the Magistrates of Camden County, 1795 October 14
With letter of Thomas King and William Johnston to Quesada, same date. Regarding intrusions of Georgians, particularly General Elijah Clarke into Florida. See also item 80.
 

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12119Letter of James Madison to General James Jackson, 1785 December 27
Should be 1795. Regarding amendments to U.S. Constitution.
 

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12120Incomplete notes from House of Representatives, 1794 December 20, 1796 January 14
 

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12121Extracts from proceedings of House of Representatives and Senate
January 15, 1796 January 22 1796; February 15, 1796. Regarding expunging acts relative to Western territory and details of burning the papers.
 

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12122Extracts from proceedings of House of Representatives of Georgia regarding petition of trustees of children of Samuel Elbert for their relief, 1796 June 29
 

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12123Resolutions of House of Representatives of Georgia regarding land between the Chattahoochee and Mississippi Rivers, 1798 January 29
 

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12124Petition of the Virginia Yazoo Company re method of payment for land, 179?
 

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13125Copies of and abstracts of letters of James Habersham, 1765 October 28-1775 April 7 ( 18.0 p. )
 

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14126Extracts "From Adam Anderson's British Commerce, first published in the year 1760" ( 5.0 p. )
 

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15127Richard Winn to J.V. Bevan (?). Washington, 1812 April 10
Gives details of surrender of Fort McIntosh. Letter incomplete. Writer identified as Winn by internal evidence.
 

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15128Journal of Richard Winn, 1780 May 12-1780 December
Tells of his war experiences from the fall of Charlestown, South Carolina to end of 1780.
 

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15129Samuel Beckcom's statement of military operations from 1778-1780, 1812 June 1 ( 9.0 p. )
 

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15130Jonas Fauche to J.V. Bevan. Greensborough, 1825 February 5 ( 10.0 p. )
 

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15131C.F. Bergman to J.B. Bevan. Ebenezer, 1825 October 24 ( 16.0 p. )
Regarding production of silk at Ebenezer; extracts from Urlsperger Tracts.
 

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15132Seth Luther to J.V. Bevan. Augusta, 1826 March 23 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding drawings and models for Greene and Pulaski monument.
 

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15133Fragment of a letter (to Bevan?), undated ( 4.0 p., )
Regarding Revolutionary War participation. Begins on p. 4, "With about 20 men" to 1782.
 

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15134Fragment of a letter (to Bevan?), undated ( 8.0 p. )
Revolutionary War participation, 1782-1788.
 

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16Miscellaneous papers
These papers were not found with the body of Bevan papers described above, but because of their content, the period covered, and other internal evidence, they have been attributed to Bevan.

Taxes for the year 1793. Tax receipts from the counties

Folio containing financial records of Georgia, 1786-1807
Extracts from proceedings of the Senate and House re the embargo, 1808; articles on the value of raising sheep in Georgia.

Folio containing taxes by each county, 1799
extracts from Judge George Walton's charge to the Grand Jury re land conveyances; lists of balances due the state by collectors, 1800-1808; data regarding the Indians, 1803-1812, including extracts from house and Senate proceedings; copies of letters from Return J. Meigs, Prethla Mekko, William A. Bowles, Benjamin Hawkins, Christian Limbaugh, papers re the charges against Judge Jabez Bowen, 1804; message of Gov. Peter Early regarding the alleviating law, 1814.
 

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