James Edward Oglethorpe and Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf letters
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James Edward Oglethorpe and Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785.
Creator: Zinzendorf, Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von, 1700-1760.
Title: James Edward Oglethorpe and Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf letters
Dates: 1734-1735
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1618

Biographical/Historical Note

In the early 18th century, the Moravians, in Germany, experiencing a revival of their faith, encountered misunderstanding and religious persecution. Their leader, Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, inquired of the Trustees of Georgia whether a party of Moravians might settle in Georgia. After receiving a positive response from the Trustees, the first small contingent of Moravians arrived in Savannah in 1735. Initially, the Protestant group was led by August Gottlieb Spangenberg and David Nitschmann and Johann Hagenin Savannah. The group concentration on converting Native Americans and slaves in the region. By 1745, most of the group left Georgia for Europe and Pennsylvania. Groups of Moravians returned to Georgia intermittently in 1745, 1765, 1774, and 1800.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of sixteen letters in Latin, French, and English, written between James Edward Oglethorpe and Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. An index (in German) appears at the beginning of the roll. The letters concerns the Moravian immigration to Georgia during the 18th century.

These letters were microfilmed by the Unitätsarchiv der Evangelischen Brüder-Unität, Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.


Index Terms

Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Letters (correspondence)
Microfilms.
Moravians--Georgia--History.
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785.
Zinzendorf, Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von, 1700-1760.

Location of Originals

Original letters in the Unitätsarchiv der Evangelischen Brüder-Unität, Moravian Archives, Herrnhut, Germany.


Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Edward Oglethorpe and Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf letters, MS 1618, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of George Fenwick Jones, 1996.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

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