Clay, Telfair and Company papers
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Clay, Telfair and Company papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Clay, Telfair and Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Clay, Telfair and Company papers
Dates: 1783-1795
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (3 volumes, 1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 0154

Biographical/Historical Note

Clay, Telfair and Company was a partnership between Joseph Clay and Edward Telfair.

Joseph Clay (1741-1804) came to Savannah from England in 1760. He was a planter engaged in rice cultivation and a businessman associated with several firms throughout his career. He was a member of the Council of Safety, 1775; Deputy Paymaster General of the Southern Department, 1777-1782; delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778-1780; Treasurer of Georgia, 1782; and trustee for the establishment of the University of Georgia, 1785.

Edward Telfair (1737-1807), native to Scotland, was a Savannah merchant and politician. Upon arriving in Georgia in 1766, he set up business in partnership with his brother, William Telfair, and Edward Cowper. He was elected to the Commons House of Assembly in 1768, but was later a delegate to the first and second provincial congresses an on the first Council of Safely. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778-1782, and was one of Georgia's signers of the Articles of Confederation. He was elected Governor of Georgia in 1786-1793.

Scope and Content Note

These papers consist of three letter books which contain orders for goods and business letters.

Microfilm of collection is available for use, roll #C-152-01 (2nd item).

Index Terms

Clay, Joseph, 1741-1804.
Clay, Telfair and Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Commercial correspondence.
Letter books.
Telfair, Edward, approximately 1735-1807.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

The letter books are very fragile and cannot be used. Microfilm copies are available, roll #C-152-01. This collection is the second item on the roll.

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Clay, Telfair and Company papers, MS 154, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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.


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

Container List



1Letter book, 1783 October 25-1784 September 1
This book is not arranged chronologically.


2Letter book, ? May 22-1787 May 25


3Letter book, 1787 May 28-1795 July 16


1C-0152-1. Letter books
2nd item on roll.