Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Senators and Representatives of Georgia, 25 April 1792

From the Senators and Representatives of Georgia

April 25th. 1792


In answer to your note of the 16th inst. we must say that we know of no instance of a recovery in the State of Georgia by a British creditor against his debtor: we say with equal truth, that we know no instance of any judgment against such recovery since the ratification of the treaty of peace as the creditors instead of resorting to the law, have settled, or are in a course of settling in an amicable way with their debtors: and we are still further able to assure you that the federal court is as open and unobstructed to British creditors in Georgia as in any other of the United States.—With great respect we are Sir, your obedient humble servts.

W. Few
J. Gunn
Abr. Baldwin
Frans: Willis

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); in an unidentified hand, except for signatures; endorsed by TJ: “Georgia.” PrC (DLC); in Lambert’s hand; at head of text in TJ’s hand: “No. 56.” (this being one of the letters appended to TJ to Hammond, 29 May 1792). Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDR); at head of text: “No. 56.” Not recorded in SJL or SJPL.


TJ’s note of 16 Apr. 1792 has not been found. It was undoubtedly a variant of the circular letter to southern representatives and senators described in note to TJ to Senators and Representatives of Virginia, 11 Apr. 1792.

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