John Forsyth papers
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John Forsyth papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Forsyth, John, 1780-1841.
Title: John Forsyth papers
Dates: 1811-1841
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0261

Biographical/Historical Note

John Forsyth (1780-1841) was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on October 22. He graduated from Princeton in 1799 and was admitted to the bar in 1802. In 1808, Forsyth became the Attorney-General of Georgia. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1828. He married Clara Meigs, daughter of Josiah Meigs, who was the first president of Franklin College (later named the University of Georgia). Forsyth died on October 21, 1841.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence from John Forsyth to Governor David B. Mitchell, Richard Henry Wilde, Nicholas Biddle, Lewis J. Cist, H.A. Muhlenberg, Governor George R. Gilmer, Martin Van Buren, and Paul Rossignol. The topics concerned include the Yazoo lands court decision, Florida, banking, the Georgia State Seal, and various political issues. The collection also includes a copy of an engraving of John Forsyth.

Index Terms

Banks and banking.
Engravings (prints)
Forsyth, John, 1780-1841.
Gilmer, George Rockingham, 1790-1859.
Letters (correspondence)
Madrid (Spain)--History.
Mitchell, David Brydie, 1766-1837.
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.
Wilde, Richard Henry, 1789-1847.
Yazoo Fraud, 1795.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Forsyth papers, MS 261, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alexander A. Lawrence, 1951 (Item 4); Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, 1978 (Item 11). Purchased, 1951 (Items 1,6,7,9); 1967 (Items 2,3,5,8).

Items 1,6,7,9 purchased from Argosy Book Company. Items 2,3,5,8 purchased from Benjamin's.


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

Item 1: John Forsyth to Governor David B. Mitchell, 1811 May 16 ( 1.0 p. )
Introducing and recommending George Adams. The letter is mounted, and on the same folio is an engraving of John Forsyth.
Item 2: John Forsyth to Richard Henry Wilde. Washington, 1818 March 9 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding the effect of the court decision on conveyances of the Yazoo lands.
Item 3: John Forsyth to Richard Henry Wilde. Madrid, 1822 August 4 ( 6.0 p. )
Description of a civil battle in Madrid; events in Florida make his position unpleasant; believes he was not made for diplomacy.
Item 4: John Forsyth to Nicholas Biddle. Augusta, Georgia, 1831 June 13 ( 2.0 p. )
Sends note and check to be credited to his account in the U.S. Bank.
Item 5: John Forsyth to Lewis J. Cist. Washington, 1837 April 21 ( 1.0 p. )
Transferring a check.
Item 6: John Forsyth to H.A. Muhlenberg. Department of State, Washington, 1838 January
Regarding appointment for son of Mr. Horn.
Item 7: John Forsyth to Governor of Georgia George R. Gilmer. Department of State, Washington, 1848 July 26 ( 1.0 p. )
Requests copy of the act of the Georgia Legislature establishing the Great Seal of the State.
Item 8: John Forsyth to D. Appleton & Company. Departing of State, Washington, 1839 October 16 ( 2.0 p. )
Ordering books.
Item 9: John Forsyth to the President Martin Van Buren. Department of State, Washington, 1841 January 29 ( 1.0 p. )
Submitting a report of the Commissioners for the Exploration and Survey of the North Eastern Boundary regarding expenses for completing their work.
Item 10: Copy of an engraving of John Forsyth
Item 11: Letter from John Forsyth to Paul Rossignol. Georgetown, 1830 February 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding giving money for clothes for a student to the president of St. Mary's College as Rossignol requested. This document is a copy.