Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Governors of Georgia and South Carolina, 15 December 1791

To the Governors of Georgia and South Carolina

Philadelphia December 15th. 1791


I have the honor to enclose you an authenticated copy of the Articles agreed on between the Governor of East Florida and Mr. Seagrove acting for the United States by order of the President, on the subject of fugitive negroes; and to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem and respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servt.

PrC (DLC); in Remsen’s hand; at foot of text: “His Excellency the Governor of the State of Georgia.” PrC of the letter to the governor of South Carolina, identical with the foregoing, is also in DLC. FC (DNA: RG 360, DL); at head of text: “To the Governors of South Carolina and Georgia.”

The historical background of the enclosed agreement between James Seagrove and Governor Quesada on the return of fugitive slaves is described in Editorial Note to group of documents on threat of disunion in the West, at 10 Mch. 1791.

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