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    James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia

    James Oglethorpe Document Signed. One page, 7" x 3.5", Fort Frederica GA, February 3, 1742. A manuscript bill of exchange directing that "At Thirty Days sight Pay this my third Bill of Exchange, my first & Second not paid to Messrs. John Provoost & Peter Levingstone [sic] or order the sum of One hundred & Seven Pounds Two Shillings Sterling value received for His Majesty's service as per Advice from [signed] James Oglethorpe."

    This document is addressed to "Mr. Harman Verelst at the Georgia Office old Pallace [sic] yard, Westminster, London." Oglethorpe's signature is large and boldly penned. Document shows minor toning with faint bleedthrough of ink from docket on verso. Accompanied by a pristine steel engraving of Oglethorpe measuring 8" x 9.5".

    British general, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia, James Oglethorpe was also a social reformer who hoped to have Britain's "worthy poor" released from debtor's prison and sent to Georgia to help populate his colony. Oglethorpe sailed for the colonies and settled near Savannah in February 1733. After negotiating with the local Yamacraw tribe to acquire land, Oglethorpe built several forts, the most noteworthy being Fort Frederica which served as British military headquarters on the Georgia coast. On June 9, 1732, he and his fellow trustees received a royal charter for the Georgia land between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers; they then developed their Georgia Charter and employed Harman Verelst as their accountant.

    Oglethorpe left Georgia in 1743 and returned to England and employment with the British Army, where he distinguished himself and rose quickly through the ranks.

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