Virginia Yazoo Company petition
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Virginia Yazoo Company petition

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Virginia Yazoo Company.
Title: Virginia Yazoo Company petition
Dates: 1789
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0823

Biographical/Historical Note

The Virginia Yazoo Company was one of three companies established in 1789 to purchase land from the state of Georgia at a very low price. The legality of the companies purchasing land in Georgia was debated and sparked scandal. The incident is discussed in S. G. McLendon's History of the Public Domain of Georgia, (South Carolina: The Reprint Company, 1974), 35-39.

Scope and Content Note

The Virginia Yazoo Company agreed to purchase land from the state of Georgia in 1789. This document is a petition from the company to the state of Georgia seeking to pay the balance of the loan in certificates rather than in script. The petition was written by Patrick Henry and signed by the company executives.

Index Terms

Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
Virginia Yazoo Company.
Yazoo Fraud, 1795.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Virginia Yazoo Company petition, MS 823, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Joseph E. Fields, 1954.


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: Petition of the Virginia Yazoo Company to the Georgia Legislature ( 8.0 p. )
Typed copy of the document filed with it.