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James Wright papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785.
Title: James Wright papers
Dates: 1772-1784
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0884

Biographical/Historical Note

Sir James Wright (1716-1785) was a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, attorney-general of South Carolina, and agent of the colony of South Carolina in England. He became lieutenant-governor of Georgia, then royal governor of Georgia from 1761-1782, except for a period from December 1778-July 1779. Wright left Georgia and returned to England in July of 1782. In 1783 he became head of the board of agents which prosecuted claims of American loyalists for compensation for their property which had been confiscated during the Revolutionary War.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters, proclamations and reports, and written by James Wright when he was governor. There is also a case involving property claims of an American Loyalist, written by James Wright after he returned to England, and a case involving property claims made against James Wright. The volumes which are items 7 and 8, reports and letters to the colonial secretaries, and manuscript copies made in the Public Record Office for the Georgia Historical Society.

Index Terms

American loyalists.
Creek Indians.
Dartmouth, William Legge, Earl of, 1731-1801.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Georgia. Governor (1760-1776 : Wright)
Letter books.
Letters (correspondence)
Right of property.
Slave trade.
Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785.

Location of Originals

Originals of letter from Thomas Rogers to Sir James Wright, case of claims made by A.B., and Case of claims made against Sir James Wright owned by Paul Y. Lutz of Tyler, Texas.

Original Proclamation issued by Sir James Wright in the British Museum.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The originals of items 3,5,6 remain with Paul Y. Lutz.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Wright papers, MS 884, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Paul Y. Lutz, 1967, 1968 (Items 3,5,6)


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

Report from James Wright to Earl of Dartmouth and letter book published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, v.3 (1873).


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

Container List



1Notes copied from documents ? View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Contains parts of a letter from the Earl of Dartmouth to Sir James Wright, December 12, 1772; agreement between traders and Indians, June 1, 1773. Mentions a letter from Sir James Wright and John Stuart to the Earl of Dartmouth, June 14, 1773; Galphins Claim, 1775; the act of 1780; reports of committees of 1793 and 1794. Also contains notes about court cases involving claims that are being acted upon after years have passed.


2Proclamation issued by Sir James Wright. Savannah, 1774 March 28 ( 1.0 p. ) (Photocopy.) View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Offers reward for capture of and information leading to the conviction of Thomas Fee, who murdered the Creek Indian Mad Turkey. Original of this document is in the British Museum


3Thomas Rogers to Sir James Wright. Savannah, 1781 June 9 ( 2.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)


4James Wright to the Honorable Gentleman of the Council. Savannah, Georgia, 1781 November 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding council matters.


5Case of claims made by A.B., an American Loyalist. At end is opinion of Attorney General? Signature illegible. Lincoln Inn Fields?, 1784 March 13 ( 4.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)


6Case of claims made against Sir James Wright by the estate of Miles Brewton, made by Charles Pinkney, executor. At end is opinion of Attorney General, signature illegible. Lincoln Inn Fields, 1784 December 24 ( 8.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)
Regarding claims against Wright for payment of slaves which he purchased on credit and which were confiscated before he finished paying for them.


7Report from James Wright to Earl of Dartmouth William Legge, Secretary of State for the colonies and President of the board of trade and foreign plantations. Savannah, Georgia, 1773 December 20 ( 48.0 p. ) (Manuscript copy.)
The report is on the condition of and the resources in the province of Georgia, and is accompanied by a letter


8Letter book. Contains official correspondence from James Wright to the Colonial Secretaries, the Earl of Dartmouth William Legge and Lord George Germain. Savannah, Georgia, 1774 August 24-1782 March 27 ( 260.0 p. ) (Manuscript copy.)
Although most of the letters are from James Wright to the colonial secretaries, there are a few letters and reports to and from others, including General Thomas Gage; John Grahame, lieutenant-governor of Georgia; William Knox, under secretary for the state of America; Lieutenant Colonel [] Balfour; the Lords of Trade. Enclosed with some of the letters to the colonial secretaries are reports and addresses given to James Wright by the Board of Police, Commissioners of Claims, Council of Georgia, Upper and Commons Houses of Assembly, and an address of the judges and inhabitants of Georgia to the King.