|Creator:||Berrien, John MacPherson, 1781-1856|
|Title:||John MacPherson Berrien letter to Richard Henry Wilde|
|Dates:||1821 October 10|
John Macpherson Berrien was an eloquent lawyer, a U.S. senator, and the attorney general of the United States during U.S. president Andrew Jackson's administration. Berrien County, created in south Georgia in 1856, is named for him.
Richard Henry Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland on September 24, 1789 and died in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 10, 1847. He moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1802, engaged in mercantile pursuits, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1809. He commenced practice in Augusta, became solicitor general of the superior court of Richmond County and attorney general of Georgia (1811-1813). Wilde was elected to Congress as a Republican (1815-1817), and then again (1827-1835).
For more information, see his congressional biography.
The collection consists of a letter written by John MacPherson Berrien dated 10 October 1821 to Richard Henry Wilde of Augusta stating he has heard of another arrest at Wilde's command. He asks for reasons. Berrien also states he is ill.
John MacPherson Berrien letter to Richard Henry Wilde. MS 1539. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.