Georgia Executive Council papers
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Georgia Executive Council papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Executive Council.
Title: Georgia Executive Council papers
Dates: 1777-1788
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (1 folder, 1 volume)
Identification: MS 0284

Biographical/Historical Note

The Executive council of Georgia was established under the Constitution of 1777. It was not an Upper house of the Assembly, but it had certain legislative powers. It was required to attend all sessions of the Assembly and examine all proposed laws and ordinances after the second reading. It could propose amendments and make suggestions.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the minutes, resolutions, and an order of the Georgia Executive Council, 1777-1788. Allen D. Candler in the Prefatory Note of his The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia (Atlanta, 1908), I, 3, states that the minutes of the Council prior to January 1778 were lost. This was thought to be the case until the early minute book was found at the Georgia Historical Society in the 1940s during an organization of its manuscripts collection. The resolution in this collection appoints Edward Telfair and James Jackson to attend a treaty with the Creek Indians at Galphinton. The order is a detailed return by all counties of Indian depredations since January, 1787, extracted from the minutes.

Index Terms

Creek Indians--Government relations.
Creek Indians--Treaties.
Georgia. Executive Council.
Indians of North America--Georgia.
Jackson, James, 1757-1806.
Minutes (administrative records)
Resolutions (administrative records)
Telfair, Edward, approximately 1735-1807.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

William Coffee Daniell was the executor of Joseph Vallence Bevan's estate. The volume of minutes was originally part of the Joseph Vallence Bevan collection, MS 71.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Executive Council papers, MS 284, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. William Coffee Daniell, 1866 (Item 1).


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.

Publication Note

Minutes published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, XXXIII and XXXIV (December 1949-June 1950).


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

Container List



1Item 1: Minutes, 1777 May 7-October 14
This volume is on the shelf outside the box.


1Item 2: Resolutions. Augusta, 1785 August 31 ( 2.0 p. )
Appointing Edward Telfair and James Jackson to attend a treaty with the Creek Indians at Galphinton.


1Item 3: Order, 1788 June 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding a detailed return by all counties of Indian depredations since January 1787. Extract from the minutes.