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William H. Torrance letter to George W. Crawford

William H. Torrance letter to George W. Crawford

Descriptive Summary

Title: William H. Torrance letter to George W. Crawford
Creator: Torrance, William H., 1792-1837
Inclusive Dates: 1830 February 15
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (1 letter)
Collection Number: ms611
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Senior editor of the newspaper the Statesman and Patriot, Elijah H. Burritt (1794-1838) purchased the Georgia Statesman in 1827 and combined it with the Georgia Patriot. He married Ann Williams Watson in 1819. In 1830, he fled the state after being accused of distributing incendiary materials, which he had requested in order to write a story in the newspaper.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letter: dated Milledgeville, February 15, 1830, to George W. Crawford, signed William H. Torrance, regarding the arrest of Elijah H. Burritt of the Milledgeville Statesman & Patriot for possessing insurrectionary literature, which was discovered by John Polhill.

Burritt had in his possession 20 copies of David Walker's pamphlet Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, "Charged with bringing, or having brought into the State and Circulating the same, the famous insurrectionary pamphlets, upon which the Legislation inacted a Law at its close."

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Torrance letter to George W. Crawford, ms611, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2017.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Burritt, Elijah H. (Elijah Hinsdale), 1794-1838
Crawford, George Washington, 1798-1872
Newspapers -- Georgia.
Prohibited books -- Georgia.
Slavery -- United States -- Controversial literature -- 1830-

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1830 February 15 Access Online