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John Reynolds commissions

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: George, II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760.
Title: John Reynolds commissions
Dates: 1754
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0657

Biographical/Historical Note

John Reynolds (1713-1788) was born in England. At the age of 15, he volunteered for the British Royal Navy. He was the first Royal Governor of Georgia, appointed in 1754 by King George II of England after the Trustees administration ended in 1752. While governor, Reynolds established courts and a Common House of Assembly in Georgia. He was, however, disliked and distrusted by the people of Georgia. His administration ended in 1757, with Henry Ellis sent to Georgia as his replacement. Reynolds returned to England and to naval service. He died in London on February 3, 1788.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two commissions of John Reynolds by George II. The first commissions Reynolds as Vice Admiral Commissary and Deputy in the Office of Vice Admiralty in the Province of Georgia, signed by Samuel Hill 1754. A manuscript copy of the original document, it is signed by Nathan C. Barnett and contains certification that it is a true and correct copy, Atlanta, Office of the Secretary of State, December 1, 1875. The second commissions Reynolds as Captain General and Governor in Chief over the colony of Georgia, 1754. This manuscript copy is signed by Nathan C. Barnett and is certified that it is a true and correct copy, Atlanta, Office of the Secretary of State, December 1, 1875.


Index Terms

Commissions (permissions)
George, II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Georgia--Politics and government--To 1775.
Reynolds, John, 1713-1788.

Location of Originals

Original commissions are in the Georgia Archives.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Reynolds commissions, MS 657, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Item 1: Commission of John Reynolds by George Ii as Vice Admiral Commissary and Deputy in the Office of Vice Admiralty in the Province of Georgia. London, High Court of the Admiralty, 1754 August 13 ( 12.0 p. ) View online.
Signed Samuel Hill. Certification that this is true and correct copy. Atlanta, Office of the Secretary of State, Cecember1, 1875. Signed by N[athan] C. Barnett, Secretary of State.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
 
Item 2: Commission of John Reynolds by George II as Captain General and Governor in Chief over the colony of Georgia. Westminster, 1754 August 16 ( 13.0 p. ) View online.
Certification that this is a true and correct copy. Atlanta, Office of the Secretary of State., December 1, 1875. signed by Nathan C. Barnett, Secretary of State.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items