Endorsing the grant of a tract of land to Israel Robinson, 1000 acres in Washington County, Georgia, in a clerical folio manuscript document, signed by Mathews as governor February 10, 1794;. George Mathews, Governor of Georgia.

Endorsing the grant of a tract of land to Israel Robinson, 1000 acres in Washington County, Georgia, in a clerical folio manuscript document, signed by Mathews as governor February 10, 1794;

to which is attached a two-page folio manuscript document dated September 11, 1793, being a certified copy of the original grant made May 11, 1793, signed by then Governor Edward Telfair, his signature in the hand of W. Urquhart, "S.E.D.", signed also by John Milton, Georgia's Secretary of State; to this is attached a plat description (one-page folio, dated September 12, 1793) signed by Thomas McCall, Surveyor General of Georgia, and John Milton as Secretary of State. Augusta, GA, 1794. A wonderful survival evoking the era of the Yazoo Land Frauds. Both Governor George Mathews and his immediate predecessor Edward Telfair were or were about to be tainted with involvement in Georgia land speculation; Mathews, as governor, in fact signed the notorious Yazoo Land Act. Having served in the Revolution, Mathews had been nominated as the first governor of the Mississippi Territory, but lost the appointment because of dubious land speculation and alleged involvement on the Blount Conspiracy; later he played a leading role in fomenting revolution in Florida. Telfair, a prominent rebel during the revolution and a member of the Continental Congress, served as governor 1789-1793, during which time "he was reckless in his dealings with the state's lands" (DAB). Some wear and fraying at the edges, a few small splits at folds, still a very good example, all soundly secured by the original pink ribbon from which the great seal of Georgia is suspended. Folded. (#7655). Item #60421

Price: $1,250.00

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