Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.) promissory notes and legal document
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Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.) promissory notes and legal document

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.) promissory notes and legal document
Dates: 1770-circa 1780
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0180

Biographical/Historical Note

Cowper and Telfairs was a mercantile partnership owned by Basil Cowper and brothers Edward and William Telfair. The Telfairs, of Scottish heritage, imported East Indian and European goods from London during the 1770s. Edward, a member of the Sons of Liberty, was elected to the Provincial Congress in 1774. He was a signed of the Articles of Confederation and a three-term governor of Georgia. Edward's family had a residence near Augusta called "The Grove." His children went on to become prominent citizens in Savannah. A Bill of Attainder passed in Augusta on May 4, 1781, calling for the banishment and confiscation of the property of Loyalist supports included the names of Basil Cowper and William Telfair. Following the American Revolution, both men left the United States.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of five promissory notes to the firm, all receipted by Noble Wimberly Jones, Esq. (1770-1775), and a plea for rent for their storehouse dated 1780. Basil Cowper and William Telfair owned a store house and distillery on Wharf Lot No. 3, Trustees Garden which had been occupied by the Royal Artillery since before 1778.

Index Terms

Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.)
Cowper, Basil, -1802.
Jones, Noble Wimberly, 1723-1805.
Legal documents.
Promissory notes.
Savannah (Ga.)--18th century.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Cowper and Telfairs (Savannah, Ga.) promissory notes and legal document, MS 180, 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

"Sundry papers concerning No. Jones, deceased", 1770-1775 ( 5.0 items. )
Promissory notes, payments due, etc. Besides Cowper and Telfairs, other signatories to the notes are James Mackay and Matthew Mauve. All are receipted by Noble Wimberly Jones, Exor., undated.
Memorial of Basil Cowper and William Telfair ( 2.0 p. )
Plea for rent for their Store House and Distillery on Wharf Lot No. 3, Trustees Garden, then occupied by the Royal Artillery. The document is incomplete.