Anthony Wayne letters
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Anthony Wayne letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796.
Title: Anthony Wayne letters
Dates: 1788 and 1792
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0939

Biographical/Historical Note

Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He was placed in command of Pennsylvania troops early in the American Revolution, wintered with George Washington at Valley Forge, and led an advanced attack against the British at the battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778. After Yorktown, Wayne, serving under Nathaniel Greene, was sent to oppose the British in Georgia. He retired from active service in 1783 as a brevet major-general, and received an 800 acre rice plantation, Richmond and Kew, from the state of Georgia. He served as a congressman for Georgia from 1791 to 1792.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters to and from Anthony Wayne. The first letter, dated December 15, 1788, is from Wayne to Asa Emanuel. The letter discusses the capture of Savannah, Georgia, the restoration of civil authority in the state, and discusses the offer of pardon to citizens within enemy lines by order of July 15, 1782. Wayne notes the ingratitude of citizens and declares that he will become a candidate for the United States Senate. The second letter is dated March 22, 1792 and was written by Matthew McAllister in Savannah, Georgia to Wayne, who was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McAllister urges Wayne to write with personal and political news. Typed transcripts of both letters are included.

Index Terms

Emanuel, Asa.
Letters (correspondence)
McAllister, Matthew, 1758-1823.
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796.

Location of Originals

Both letters are housed in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Anthony Wayne letters, MS 939, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Item 1 given by H. L. Vollaton, 1972; Item 2 given by Stuart A. Goldman, 1986.


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: Anthony Wayne letter to Asa Emanuel, Savannah, Georgia, 1788 December 15 (Typed transcript.)
Item 2: Matthew McAllister letter to Anthony Wayne, Savannah, Georgia, 1792 March 22 (Typed transcript.)