John Habersham letters
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John Habersham letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Habersham, James, 1745-1799.
Title: John Habersham letters
Dates: 1780-1789
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0338

Biographical/Historical Note

John Habersham (1754-1799) was a son of James Habersham (1712-1775). He served with distinction in the American Revolution with the 1st Georgia Regiment, Continental Line, and rose to the rank of Major. He was president of the Georgia Executive Council, 1784, a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1785-1786, Chairman of the Georgia Commissioners for the Shoulder-Bone Treaty with the Creek Indians, 1786, one of the commissioners from Georgia for settling the boundary between South Carolina at Beaufort, South Carolina, 1787, and Collector of the Port of Savannah, 1791-1799.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters both two and from John Habersham. Correspondents include John Wereat, Mrs. Joseph Habersham, and Joseph Habersham. The letters discuss Habersham's exchange as a prisoner of war, family news, and Native American troubles. One letter, from Timothy Barnard to Major Patrick Carr was sent to John Habersham while he was in Augusta, Georgia, 1784, regarding the Native Americans, Spanish, and Tories. This letter is mentioned in The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia, II, 647.

Index Terms

Cherokee Indians.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Habersham, James, 1745-1799.
Habersham, Joseph, 1751-1815.
Indians of North America--Georgia.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.
Wereat, John, approximately 1733-1799.

Location of Originals

Original letter from John Habersham to "Your Excellency," 1779,,in the collections of the Society of the Cincinnati, Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Habersham letters, MS 338, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret McLaughlin, 1969 (Items 2 and 4).


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 Habersham to "Your Excellency" John Wereat, Belfast., 1779 October 16 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding his exchange as a prisoner of war.
Item 2: John Habersham to Mrs. Joseph Habersham, Haddrill's Point., 1780 September 10 ( 1.0 p. )
Condolences on the death of a child; urges her and Mrs. Clay to go to Virginia.
Item 3: G to John Habersham, Charles Town, 1780 October 10/11 ( 4.0 p. )
Friendly letter; asks that his clothes, papers, and books be sent to him. Mentions several friends.
Item 4: Timothy Barnard to Major Patrick Carr., Flint River, 1784 April 13 ( 4.0 p . )
Regarding Native American troubles incited by Spaniards and Tories. This is a contemporary copy sent by order of the Executive Council to the "Honorable the President John Habersham now at Augusta."
Item 5: Joseph Habersham to his brother John, Augusta., 1789 April 18 ( 4.0 p. )
Regarding "board of Commissioners for running the line" between Georgia and the Cherokee Nation and Native American troubles; mentions several persons involved.