James Wright collection

James Wright collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: James Wright collection
Dates: 1770s-1780s
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet 1 portfolio
Abstract:The collection consists of two CDs containing photographed and scanned materials regarding Sir James Wright, a Baronet and former Governor of Georgia. These are about Georgia's loyalist claim during the American Revolutionary war period. Many concern plantations loyal to the Crown and charges against the rebellious government of Georgia. There is considerable correspondence and documents about land holdings.
Coll. Number: MS3497.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

James Wright was born in May 1716 and died in November 1785. He is best known as a Governor of the Province of Georgia. He regained control of his colony during the American Revolutionary War. In 1760, Wright was named as Lieutenant Governor to Henry Ellis, and he was appointed Governor in April 1761. He was the third governor of the colony.

In 1765, Wright encountered conflict regardin the Stamp Act, but his colony remained incredibly loyal to the Crown. Only in 1774 did Georgia delegates attend the First Continental Congress. In 1776, Wright fled Georgia and lost control of the colony, eventually returning to England.

In 1778, Wright returned to the colony with troops and took control of Savannah. He brought great sections of the colony back under royal rule. He defended his acquisitions against colonists and the French on several occasions. However, when the British lost the war, he withdrew and retired to England, all in 1782.


Arranged by record type.

Existence and Location of Originals note

These documents are copies, whose originals can be found in the National Archives in the United Kingdom.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

James Wright collection, MS 3497. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Use note

If an individual or institution would like copies of the materials for any commercial purpose, including online publication, please request them from the National Archives so that they can make copies from the originals and give any necessary permission.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Two CDs - "James Wright 'Evidences' associated with his loyalist claim"
12Listing of materials on CDs