Telamon Cuyler collection
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Telamon Cuyler collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cuyler, Telamon Cruger Smith, 1873-1951.
Title: Telamon Cuyler collection
Dates: 1780-1832
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1131

Biographical/Historical Note

Telamon Cuyler (1873-1951) was born Telamon Cruger Smith, but legally changed his name. He was born in Rome, Georgia, and died on his plantation at Wayside in Jones County, Georgia. Cuyler earned his law degree at the University of Georgia and was a well-known historian and collector.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photocopies of some of the documents from Telamon Cuyler's estate. Most of the papers, consisting of correspondence, a deposition by William Sims, a 1799 Surveyor General's report, and meeting minutes, relate to Georgia State documents that were removed to England during the Revolutionary War and their return to Georgia.

Index Terms

American loyalists.
Cuyler, Telamon Cruger Smith, 1873-1951.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Great Britain--Colonies--America.
Houstoun, John, 1744-1796.
Jackson, James, 1757-1806.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Sibbald, George.
South Carolina--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Troup, George Michael, 1780-1856.

Location of Originals

Original papers in the University of Georgia Library.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The University of Georgia Libraries acquired the original documents from the collector's estate.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Telamon Cuyler collection, MS 1131, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of University of Georgia Libraries, date unknown.


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



1Item 1: Benjamin Lincoln to Captain John Milton. Charles Town, S.C., 1780 February 25 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding removal of state documents from Charles Town during the Revolution.


1Item 2: Nat Pearcy to Gov. John Houstoun, 1784 March 2 ( 2.0 p. )
His terms for returning state documents to Georgia from the North.


1Item 3: William Sims to Gov. James Jackson, 1799 January 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding Georgia documents seen in England.


1Item 4: Charles Goodwin to Gov. James Jackson. Silver Bluff, Ga., 1799 February 1 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding his having seen Georgia documents in England.


1Item 5: Deposition by William Sims. Columbia County, Ga., 1799 February 6 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding Georgia documents in England as seen by Charles Goodwin.


1Item 6: Surveyor General's report on lack of records in his office. Savannah, Ga., 1799 August 20 ( 2.0 p. )
Report that W. Kensie, Loyalist, took the state documents with him to England when the British fled Savannah.


1Item 7: George Sibbald to James Jackson. Louisville, Ga., 1800 March 13 ( 1.0 p. )
Offer of assistance in regaining the Georgia documents from England.


1Item 8: Minutes of Council Chamber at Whitehall, London, England, 1800 June 10 ( 2.0 p. )
unsigned. Regarding return of state documents to Georgia.


1Item 9: Georgia-Senate-Motion. Milledgeville, Ga., 1800 November 19 ( 2.0 p. )
unsigned. Motion for the Governor, Secretary of State, Surveyor General, and the Comptroller to verify state records sent from England.


1Item 10: Colonel M. Myers to Gov. George M. Troup. Savannah, Ga., 1824 January 5 ( 2.0 p. )
Request for state documents to be sent to Joseph Bevan for his history of Georgia.


1Item 11: Joseph V. Bevan to Gov. George M. Troup. Savannah, Ga., 1825 January 19 ( 2.0 p. )
Progress report of his work on compiling the history of Georgia and a request for any documents relevant to his duties.


1Item 12: William Logan to Alexander Jones, M.D. Charleston, S.C., 1832 August 14 ( 3.0 p. )
Invitation for Dr. Jones to use the Charleston Library Society collection, where Mr. Logan was Secretary and Librarian.