|Creator:||Perceval, John, Earl, 1683-1748|
|Title:||John Perceval (Earl of Egmont) letter to his son|
|Dates:||1740 August 21|
|Quantity:||1.0 folder (1 letter)|
John Perceval (1683-1748) was the first Earl of Egmont. Born in Ireland, he was an important figure in the founding of the colony of Georgia, and was first president of the trustees in 1732.
Perceval's son John (1711-1770) succeeded him in his title, and entered politics as well. His father instructed him in history and antiquities.
A single unsigned letter from John Perceval, the Lord of Egmont, written to his son Lord Pervecal (later the second Lord of Egmont). In the letter the elder Perceval discusses American affairs and comments regarding the Choctaw Indians (which he calls the "Chickesaw") of the Mississippi delta: "Our fleets are not able to stir, and there is an Acct. that the french (sic) have debouch'd from us the brave Chickesaw Indians, and by a peace made with them are now Master of the Messasippi (sic) River, whereby they have an open communication for them and their Indians from Quebeck to the Gulph (sic) of Mexico, and may at any time assemble such a body of both as will drive Carolina into the sea." Egmont goes on to write of the actions of Governor William Bull of South Carolina, who has asked for extra troops for protection and to support the Choctaws in their wars, "to which the were entitled being subjects to England. In the opening paragraph of the letter when he informs his son of the arrival by ship of "your marble," the elder Percel is presumably referring to his son's studies in history and antiquities.
John Perceval (Earl of Egmont) letter to his son, ms 3561. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.