Charles James McDonald letters
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Charles James McDonald letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McDonald, Charles James, 1793-1860.
Title: Charles James McDonald letters
Dates: 1842-1848
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0521

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles James McDonald (1793-1860) was a native of South Carolina who at an early age moved to Hancock County, Georgia. He was a lawyer, solicitor general of the Flint circuit in 1822, judge of the Flint circuit in 1825, and brigadier general in the state militia. In 1830 he was elected to the lower house of the state legislature; he was elected to the state senate in 1834 and 1837; he served as governor of Georgia from 1839-1843, and from 1855-1859 he was a member of the state Supreme Court.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters from Charles James McDonald, one of 1843, written to Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama while he was governor and another of 1848, which discusses political issues of the times.

Index Terms

Fitzpatrick, Benjamin, 1802-1869.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
McDonald, Charles James, 1793-1860.
Missouri compromise.
United States--Politics and government--1783-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Charles James McDonald letters, MS 521, 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

Item 1: Charles James McDonald, governor of Georgia letter to Benjamin Fitzpatrick, governor of Alabama, Executive Department, 1842? June 23 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Milledgeville, Ga., Letter send along with an enclosure demanding arrest of and surrender to Georgia authorities certain citizens of Alabama who committed an offense in Georgia.
Item 2: Charles James McDonald letter to H.W. Conner and other gentlemen of the committee, 1848 December 26 ( 13.0 p. )
Sent from Marietta, Ga., Discusses political issues of the time: question of slavery allowed in the new territories Mexican cession?; discussion of the Missouri Compromise and whether or not, through usage, Congress has acquired powers never delegated to it; mentions unjustness of one section of the country having power over other sections; discusses consequences of present action of Congress, which may be the formation of a new Confederacy. Handwritten copy.