Thomas Flournoy Foster letter to Augustin Smith Clayton

Thomas Flournoy Foster letter to Augustin Smith Clayton

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Foster, Thomas F., (Thomas Flournoy), 1790-1848
Title: Thomas Flournoy Foster letter to Augustin Smith Clayton
Dates: 1833 April 25
Quantity: 0.029 Linear feet (1 folder; housed in 1 document box with minor collections MS 2705, 2706, 2708-2710, 2714, 2719, 2720, 2724, 2730, 2734, 2735, 2739, and 2740)
Coll. Number: ms2710(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Augustin Smith Clayton (1783-1839) was a lawyer, judge, politician, and UGA Board of Trustees member. In 1830 he ruled that Georgia's jurisdiction over the Cherokee was constitutional; he then sparked controversy in 1831 when he ruled unconstitutional a Georgia law forbidding Native Americans to dig for gold on their own land.

"Thomas Flournoy was a native of Augusta, Ga., where he practiced law until called into service in the War of 1812. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the United States Army in June, 1812. He commanded the 3rd United States Infantry stationed along the Carolina-Georgia frontier. Flournoy was involved in raising troops, securing the coasts, and defending Americans living in East Florida. In March, 1813, he succeeded General Wilkinson as commander of the 7th Military District, comprising Mississippi Territory, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Flournoy's major responsibility was fighting the Creek Indians, who were supplied and armed by the Spanish and their British allies in Florida. Throughout Flournoy's command the Gulf region was torn by bitter warfare. Though nominally in command of the district, Flournoy's activities were eclipsed by Andrew Jackson, who succeeded him in April, 1814. In 1820 Flournoy was appointed United States commissioner to treat with the Creek Indians." -- "Flournoy, Thomas." (Retrieved July 29, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one letter written by Thomas Flournoy Foster of Greensboro, Georgia, and addressed to Augustin Smith Clayton of Athens, Georgia. In the letter Foster solicits the help of Clayton in a matter concerning the Cherokee Indians.

Index Terms

Cherokee Indians.
Clayton, Augustin S., (Augustin Smith), 1783-1839 -- Correspondence
Foster, Thomas F., (Thomas Flournoy), 1790-1848 -- Correspondence
Politicians--Georgia--Public opinion.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Flournoy Foster letter to Augustin Smith Clayton. MS 2710. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1833 April 25