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told the deponent that the companies who purchased the western
JOHN THOMAS, Jun.
JAMES Lucas being duly sworn, saith, that some time after the breaking up of the last legislature, when Roberts Thomas, esq. a member of senate in that legislature had returned 10 Hancock county, that this deponent heard that the said Roberts Thomas was either selling, or about to sell off all his property, and to remove; that this deponent then went, with some of his neighbors, to the house of said Thomas, and had some conversation with him on the sale of the western territory, when the said Roberts Thomas informed this deponent that he was, and had always been in favor of the sale of said territory, and that the companies who had purchased the same, had let him have a share or two in the said lands; and this deponent further saith, that on the day of election for members to Congress, the deponent saw a Mr. Walburger at the election for Hancock county, who informed th: deponent that he had purchased a share of the said lands from the said Roberts Thomas, and that he had given his note of hand for the same for nine hundred dollars, which share he, the said Walburger, had afterwards sold, by which he had made a profit of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ; and this deponent further saith, that on or about the day on which the last legislature adjourned, he was in Augusta, and that Jno. King, esq. a member of the senate, carried the deponent to the house of Mr. Thomas Cumming, and there spoke, as he believes, to one of the grantees of the
Georgia Mississippi company, to let the deponent have a sbare in
Captain ROBERT RAINES, being duly sworn, saith, that a day or two before the adjournment of the last legislature, he was in Augusta, and in company with John King, esq. a member of the senate in that legislature ; that this deponent introduced to the said John King, captain James Lucas ; that said King then asked the said Lucas into the house where the said King lodged, to drink some grog with ; that when the said John King came out of the house, he informed this deponent he had given the said Lu. cas a share, by which he understood a share in some of the companies who had purchased the westeun territory, and observed at the same time with an oath, that he had more land besides than he and his sons knew what to do with ; and that the deponent afterwards asked captain Lucas whether the said King had given him the said share, and was answered that he had, but that he, the said Lucas, was to pay the purchase money. And this deponent further saith, that during the sitting of the last legislature, and previous to the passing of the act for the sale of the western territory, Philip Clayton, esq. treasurer of this state, called on this deponent, and informed him, if you could prevail on Mr. Mitchell, a member of the senate in that legislature, and the brother-in-law of this deponent, to go home, he, the deponent, might have five hundred dollars, pounds, or guineas, this deponent doesnot remember which, and any appointment from the legislature he would ask, which was in their power to give. The said Clayton observed at the same time, that as the deponent was the brother of Mr. Mitchell, he thought he might have influence enough with him, to prevail on him to go home, as the act would be pas. sed whether he went home or not to which the deponent made some small reply, and the said Clayton then said, he hoped the deponent would not think any thing of him, for he was authorised to say what he did. And this deponent further saith, that some time on or about the first of August last, lie was in Augusta, and saw Richard Warsham, a member of the last legislature,
there, who had a share in the Georgia company, commonly cal.
ANDREW BAXTER, being duly sworn, maketh oath, that some time previous to the passing of the first bill for the disposal of the western territory of this state, by the last legislature, the deponent being at Augusta, and conceiving it a step hurtful to the country, thought it duty to give his thoughts to the representation of his county, wich was Hancock, and accordingly called on senator Roberts Thomas and reprobated the act, which the said Thomas vindicated—that the deponent told him that it would be generally thought he was interested, if he voted in favor of the bill, when it was so generally disapproved of by his constituents; to which the said Thomas replied, that he did not know he was interested, but that those who voted in favor of the bill were provided for in the articles of the different companies; upon which the deponent replied he should consider that as indirect bribery. (Signed)
WILLIAM SALLARD, of the county of Hancock, being duly sworn, maketh oath, that on or about the 22d, 23d, or 24th days of January, 1795, he, the deponent, was at Augusta procuring some articles and disposing of some tobacco, and that during the said term he was at general Glasscock's, one of the grantees of the western territory; that a conversation took place between the general and himself relative to it, and concerning Roberts Tho. mas, the senator (in the legislature which disposed of it) for the said county of Hancock; that the general asked the deponent what the people of Hancock thought of Thomas, and if they would kill him—the deponent replied he did not know they would kill him, but that he would stand a good chance of chugging a sapling, or words to that effect, for they had an idea thai Tho. mas was bribed-the general replied that he did not know that he was bribed, but that he had a good deal of the land ; that he liimself had purchased some of the shares, and had paid himself, with
a Mr. Nightingale, to Thomas, seventeen hundred dollars, to the
OFFICE OF CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Georgia, Louisville, 25th August, 1801.
I DO CERTIFY, that the annexed eight sheets contain a true ex. tract from the journal of the house of representatives of this state, at a session of the general assembly, in January, 1796.
GEO. R. CLAYTON, for
Evidence respecting the Yazoo Claims, reported by the
Commissioners of the United States, and published by Congress.
I CERTIFY, that the writing contained in the three annexed papers, marked (B), (B No. 1) and (B No. 9), is truly copied from documents deposited in this office ; of which the two first are original papers, and the third, marked (B No.9), purporting to contain articles of agreement between sundry persons, designated by the name of.“ Georgia Company," and a list of other persons interested therein, is a copy which accompanied the letter marked (B No. 1); all which papers were delivered by Geo. Sibbald, the writer of the letter marked (B), to the commissioners of the United States, for inquiring into claims to lands in the Mississippi territory, and for receiving propositions of compromise from the claimants.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Albert Gallatin, secretary of the
treasury of the United States, have signed these presents, (L. s.) and caused the seal of this office to be affixed thereto, this
16th day of November, 1810, and in the 35th year of the independence of the said States.
(B.) The undersigned respectfully presents to the commissioners of the United States, appointed under an act of Congress, to settle the claims of the state of Georgia, and of individuals, to the territory commonly called the Mississippi territory, the representation of John Miller, jun. Thomas W. Francis, Henry Pratt, John Ashley and Jacob Baker, trustees of James Greenleaf and of Thomas Fitzsimons, Samuel Bennet and Thomas Stretch, attornies for Hugh Rose and Valantine Jones : he begs leave to inform the commissioners, that he shall remain here some time, in order to give any explanations that may be necessary.
The documents marked A. No. 1 a 4, represent the title of James Greenleaf's trustees to 2,500,000 acres of land in the Georgia company, to wit: A, No. 1. Memorial of Henry Pratt, Thomas W. Francis, John
Miller, jun. John Ashley and Jacob Baker. 2. Copy of the deed of conveyance from the grantees of
the Georgia company to James Greenleaf. 3. Deed in trust to George Simpson. 4. Deed in trust, George Simpson to Henry Pratt, Tho.
mas W. Francis, John Miller, jun. John Ashley, and
Jacob Baker. The documents marked B, No. 1 a 15, represent the title of Hugh Rose and Valantine Jones, to land within the Georgia company's purchase, and Upper Mississippi company, to wit : B, No. 1. Memorial, Samuel Bennet, Thomas Stretch, and Tho.
mas Fitzsimons, attornies to Hugh Rose and Valan
tine Jones. 2. Power of attorney, Hugh Rose to Samuel Bennet. 3. Power of attorney, Valantine Jones to Thomas Stretch
and Thomas Fitzsimons. 4. Notarial copy of the grant of the state of Georgia to the
Georgia company. 5. Ditto of the conveyance, Matthew M'Allister to Wade
Hampton of his remaining interest. 6. Ditto of the conveyance, J. Walburger to James Gunn
and Wade Hampton. 7. Ditto of Zachariah Coxe to James Gunn. 8. Ditto George Walker and W. Longstreet, to James
Gunn and Wade Hampton.