Benjamin Franklin Papers

Ordinance of Georgia Reappointing Benjamin Franklin as Agent, 10 May 1770

Ordinance of Georgia Reappointing Benjamin Franklin as Agent

AD (copy): American Philosophical Society

[May 10, 1770. The ordinance appoints Franklin for a year from June 1, 1770. Except for the difference of dates the wording is virtually identical with that of the ordinance printed above, February 27, which renewed the appointment until June 1, 1770. The same clerks attested the passage of the act through the Commons House and the Upper House, on May 1–3, 1770, and on May 21 Thomas Moodie again certified that this was a true copy. The same group of fourteen men was named as the Assembly’s Committee of Correspondence, except that John Graham and James Read2 replaced Lewis Johnson and Clement Martin. The ordinance was signed as before by Jones, Habersham, and Wright.]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2John Graham was a Scot who emigrated in 1753; after some years as a Savannah merchant he became one of the largest landholders in Georgia. During the Revolution he was a Loyalist, and he eventually returned to Britain. DAB. James Read was a South Carolinian by birth, but was in Georgia by 1755; he was a member of the provincial Council, 1756–75. During the Revolution he was imprisoned for a time and then confined to his plantation. Candler, ed., Ga. Col. Recs., VII, passim; XII, 421; S.C. Hist. and Geneal. Mag., XVII (Oct., 1916), 148; Robert W. Gibbes, Documentary History of the American Revolution … (3 vols., New York, 1853–57), I, 251–3.

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