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Ellis, Henry (1721-1806) to John Rae, Lachlan McGillivray, Francis McCartan, and others

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05228.02 Author/Creator: Ellis, Henry (1721-1806) Place Written: Savannah, Georgia Type: Letter signed Date: 7 December 1759 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Circular letter from Georgia Governor Ellis to the merchants and storekeepers in Augusta, Georgia. Informs the merchants that he has learned from South Carolina Governor William H. Lyttelton of their involvement in "a clandestine and most pernicious traffick with the Indians especially the Cherokees." Forbids them from supplying traders with arms, ammunition, and other goods for the Cherokee, "who must be considered in a state of actual War with us." Threatens prosecution and the loss of future Indian trade licenses. Copy sent with a letter to Governor Lyttelton (see GLC05228.01)

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