|Creator:||Wereat, John, ca. 1733-1799|
|Title:||John Wereat letter|
|Dates:||1797 January 13|
|Quantity:||0.08 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 958 through MS 963)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of a letter by John Wereat, who was an early Georgia patriot and acting governor for a time during the Revolution. This letter, to an unidentified recipient, pertains to an order for rice and also is an order for 150 bushels of corn. It was sent from Hardwick and dated January 13, 1797. On the verso is an unsigned rough draft of a letter to George Washington from an unknown person seeking appointment to office.|
John Wereat was born about 1730, and was one of the earliest and most enthusiastic supporters of the colonial cause in the troubles that preceded the Revolution. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress of Georgia; was speaker of that body in 1776; as president of the executive council he discharged the duties of governor from Dec. 29, 1778 to Nov. 4, 1779; was made chief justice in 1781; was a member of the commission to treat with the governor of Florida regarding the boundary question in 1783; was president of the convention that ratified the constitution of the United States; played a prominent part in relieving the want of the people living west of Augusta in 1782, and was generally recognized as one of the most useful men of his day and generation. He died in Bryan county in 1798.
For more information, see the article "John Wereat (ca. 1733-1799)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
John Wereat letter. MS 959. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.