William Hull papers
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William Hull papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hull, William, 1753-1825.
Title: William Hull papers
Dates: 1797-1814
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0407

Biographical/Historical Note

William Hull (1753-1825) was a lawyer and a soldier. He served in the Revolutionary War and afterwards in the U.S. Army where he attained the rank of Brigadier-General. In 1805 he was appointed Governor of the Michigan Territory. In 1812 he was court-martialed and cashiered from the Army because of the failure of his campaign into Canada against the British. Hull succeeded William Wetmore as a trustee of the New England Mississippi Land Company, one of the "Yazoo" companies.

The Yazoo companies were formed in 1789 and 1795 to purchase from Georgia a part of its western territory. One of these companies, the Georgia Mississippi Company, sold a large portion of its lands to the New England Mississippi Land Company in the names of its three trustees: Leonard Jarvis, Henry Newman, and William Wetmore, whom Hull replaced.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers concerned with the sale of the lands of the New England Mississippi Land Company to the United States, settlement of its claims against the government, and settlement of General Hull's claims as the last surviving Trustee. They relate to the Supreme Court case, Fletcher vs. Peck, in 1810, and collateral Yazoo cases.

In addition to correspondence there are a number of legal documents and extracts from the Minutes of the Board of Directors of the New England Mississippi Land Company, 1813-1814. Enclosed with one of the papers is a printed pamphlet, Articles of Association and Agreement, Constituting the New England Mississippi Land Company, As Amended March 12, 1798, undated. The document of January 31, 1803 is General Hull's Power of Attorney to John Peck. Many of Gen. Hull's letters are rough drafts retained copies, with more than one version of some of them. Among correspondents are Joshua B. Bond, Benjamin Joy, Perez Morton, Henry Newman, Directors of the New England Mississippi Land Company.

Index Terms

Hull, William, 1753-1825.
Legal documents.
Letters (correspondence)
New England Mississippi Land Company.
Yazoo Fraud, 1795.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Note on Item 10: "Georgia Papers: obtained from papers of the 'Hull Estate' by William L. Perry for Rev. W.B. Stevens."

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Hull papers, MS 407, 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



1Items 1-20: Correspondence and other papers, 1797-1812


2Items 21-38: Correspondence and other papers, 1813 May-1814 October


3Items 39-56: Correspondence and other papers, 1814 November and undated