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Josiah Tattnall papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Tattnall, Josiah, approximately 1764-1803.
Title: Josiah Tattnall papers
Dates: 1796-1798
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0786

Biographical/Historical Note

Josiah Tattnall (1764-1803) was born in Savannah, the son of Josiah and Mary (Mullryne) Tattnall. His family moved to England for Tattnall to attend the Eaton School. He returned to Savannah in 1782. In 1787 he served at Captain of a detachment of light infantry; in 1792 he became Captain of the Chatham Artillery. He was promoted to Colonel of the 1st Georgia Regiment in 1793. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, assisting in the 1796 passing of the act rescinding the Yazoo Fraud. That same year, Tattnall began a term on the U.S. Senate, leaving the position in 1799. He became Brigadier-General of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division of Georgia Militia in 1801, in the same year he was elected as Governor of Georgia. Tattnall resigned his gubernatorial position in November 1802 due to poor health. He spent the next year in the Bahamas, hoping the climate would improve his health. He died in Nassau, New Providence in 1803. Tattnall is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four letters from Josiah Tattnall to William Hasell Gibbes, Ebenezer Jackson, George Jones, and Gov. James Jackson regarding Tattnall's property, his taking seat in the Senate, the treaty with Great Britain, and his decision to resign from the U.S. Senate. The collection also contains a document of regimental orders, signed by Tattnall, regarding defaulters and the election of a Major for the 2nd Battalion. All but one item of correspondence are photocopies; the location of the originals is unknown.

Index Terms

Jackson, Ebenezer, 1763-1837.
Jackson, James, 1757-1806.
Jones, George, 1766-1838.
Letters (correspondence)
Orders (military records)
Tattnall, Josiah, approximately 1764-1803.
United States--Foreign relations--Treaties.
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. Senate.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Josiah Tattnall papers, MS 786, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Edith Roelker Curtis, 1968 (Items 1,3,4,5)


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.

Publication Note

Letter from Josiah Tattnall to William Hasell Gibbes, May 11, 1789, published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Selected Eighteenth Century Manuscripts, v.20 (1980).


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

Container List

Item 1: Josiah Tattnall to William Hasell Gibbes. Bonaventure, 1789 May 11 ( 2.0 p. ) (Negative photocopy.)
Asking that Court of Chancery discharge Mrs. Tattnall's property because of advantageous contracts made in Savannah.
Item 2: Josiah Tattnall to Ebenezer Jackson and George Jones. Philadelphia, 1796 April 16 ( 4.0 p. )
Reports that he has taken his seat in the Senate; discusses expediencies for carrying into effect the treaty with Great Britain.
Item 3: Josiah Tattnall to George Jones? Philadelphia, 1796 May 1 ( 3.0 p. ) (Negative photocopy.)
Regarding discussions and vote on the British treaty in the House of Representatives. Mentions several persons.
Item 4: Regimental Orders, 1796 November 19 ( 2.0 p. ) (Positive photocopy.)
Signed "J. Tattnall Junr. Lt. Col. Commt. C Regt." Regarding defaulters and election of a Major for the 2nd Bn.
Item 5: Josiah Tattnall to Gov. James Jackson. Savannah, 1798 September 3 ( 2.0 p. ) (Positive photocopy.)
Announcing his intention to resign from U.S. Senate; believes it is his duty to remain in Georgia and assist in its defense. 2 copies.