John Wyatt Bonner collection of manuscripts
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John Wyatt Bonner collection of manuscripts

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bonner, John Wyatt.
Title: John Wyatt Bonner collection of manuscripts
Dates: 1771-1965
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 1274

Biographical/Historical Note

John Wyatt Bonner, Jr. served as the Special Collections Librarian at the University of Georgia for many years.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains manuscripts assembled by John Wyatt Bonner; all pertain to Georgia history. Several manuscripts were given to Bonner by Telamon Cuyler and these were given to the Georgia Historical Society as a memorial to Cuyler. The manuscripts include a power of attorney to help settle a debt owed by Button Gwinnett, a letter to James Habersham concerning the will of Andrew Darling, a journal, in French, outlining the Siege of Savannah, and the personal correspondence of Bonner about the book collection at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Index Terms

Bonds (legal records)
Bonner, John Wyatt.
Cuyler, Telamon Cruger Smith, 1873-1951.
Gwinnett, Button, approximately 1735-1777.
Houstoun, John, 1744-1796.
Letters (correspondence)
Powers of attorney.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Siege, 1779.
Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Wyatt Bonner, Jr. collection of manuscripts, MS 1274, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Wyatt Bonner, Jr., 1977.


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



1Power of attorney, Edward Mease of Pensacola, Florida, to Thomas Netherclift and John Houstoun of Savannah, Georgia to settle debt owed Mease by Button Gwinnett. July 20, 1771. 4p. Petition of Simon Munro to James Habersham concerning the will of Andrew Darling. April 7, 1772. 1p. Letter from Alex Ross to Thomas Netherclift about the setteling of Button Gwinnett's debt to Edward Mease. March 6, 1773. 1p. Bond, John Murray, Lachlan McGillivray, and Edward Telfair to the President and Commander in Chief of Georgia to secure John Murray's indebtedness. May 9, 1776. 2p. Memorial of Houstoun and Storr in behalf of Alexander Bissett of East Florida. December 18, 1781. 1p. "History of the Manuscript" by Telamon Cuyler. Essay outlining how Cuyler came into possession of papers listed above and transcriptions of some papers. 1904. 14p (6 items.)


2"Journal de la Campagne de M. D'Estaing." Unsigned journal of the siege and attack on Savannah, Georgia, 1779 (1 item.)
In French. Very fragile and pages possibly not in correct order.


3John Wyatt Bonner correspondence regarding the book collection at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Walter Hartridge to Bonner; Mrs. Howard J. Morrison to Bonner (2); Mrs. Philip W. Beckwith to Bonner; and Bonner to Louis Cheney, 1964-1965 (5 items.)