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Title A talk from the Honorable Will[ia]m H. Drayton Esqr., one of the beloved men of South Carolina [manuscript]: to the beloved men, head men & warriors of the Cherokee Nation at the Congarees: speech, 1775 Sep. 25
Author Drayton, William Henry (1742-1779)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: September 25, 1775, speech of William Henry Drayton to Cherokee leaders assembled at Congarees, explaining colonial economic grievances and arguing that it was in the tribe’s best interest to oppose the British. According to Drayton, not only would British duties increase the cost of trade goods, but the Crown’s assault on the rights of colonial Englishmen boded ill for that government’s respect of Cherokee land rights.
Places Congarees, South Carolina, United States
Keywords US War of Independence, British Colonialism, economy, trade, tax, government, government relations
Theme American Indians and the US Government; American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information South Carolina Revolutionary War leader. Educated in England and a champion of British rights, William Henry Drayton was appointed to the South Carolina council in 1772. By 1775 Drayton had become an avid leader of the American opposition in the province. During the summer of that year he toured the back country to win support for the patriot cause. On Sept. 25, Drayton met at Congarees with five Lower Town Cherokee leaders to explain the American’s quarrel with Great Britain and form an alliance. His efforts proved ineffectual against the longstanding Cherokee attachment to Britain.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 255
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue