James Spalding letter
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James Spalding letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Spalding, James, -1794.
Title: James Spalding letter
Dates: 1775
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0749

Biographical/Historical Note

James Spalding (1735-1794) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Thomas Spalding and Anna Learmouth Spalding. He immigrated to America in approximately 1760, arriving first in Charleston, South Carolina, where he engaged in mercantile enterprises. He moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1763, established the mercantile firms of James Spalding and Co. in East Florida, McKay and Spalding on St. Simons Island, and Spalding and Kelsall at Sunbury, Georgia. He was also a planter on St. Simons. In 1772, he married Margery McIntosh, the daughter of Colonel William McIntosh of Darien, with whom he had one son, Thomas Spalding of Sapelo. Before the Revolutionary War, he was a member of the Royal Council of Florida. Spalding was a member of the Georgia House of Assembly in 1794.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from James Spalding to an unknown recipient, written from Sapelo Island, Georgia, in 1775. In the letter, Spalding inquired about seed corn, mentions rumors of war, and asks for advice regarding the ban on shipping rice and lumber.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Sapelo Island (Ga.)
Spalding, James, -1794.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Spalding letter, MS 749, 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.


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Container List




11James Spalding to unknown recipient. Sapelo, 1775 December 17 ( 4.0 p. ) View online.
Inquires about seed corn; mentions rumors of war; asks for advice regarding the ban on shipping rice and lumber.
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