Georgia Council of Safety Instructions
to Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and
George Walton - April 5, 1776
This letter was sent by the Georgia Council of Safety to Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton, explaining their instructions to these Georgia delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
President, Council of Safety
April 5, 1776
Our remote situation from both the seat of power and arms, keeps us so
very ignorant of the counsels and ultimate designs of the Congress, and of
the transactions in the field, that we shall decline giving any particular
instructions, other than strongly to recommend it to you that you never
lose sight of the peculiar situation of the province you are appointed
to represent: The Indians, both south and northwesterly, upon our backs;
the fortified town of St. Augustine made a continual rendezvous for
soldiers in our very neighborhood; together with our blacks and tories
with us; let these weighty truths be the powerful arguments for support.
At the time we also recommend it to you, always to keep in view the
general utility, remembering that the great and righteous cause in
which we are engaged is not provincial, but continental. We, therefore,
gentlemen, shall rely upon your patriotism, abilities, firmness, and
integrity, to propose, join and concur, in all such measures as you
shall think calculated for the common good, and to oppose such as
shall appear destructive.
By order of the Congress
Archibald Bulloch, President
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