John Forsyth 1818 Autograph Letter Signed "John Forsyth" as U.S. Congressman and Senator-elect from Georgia, one page, 8" x 9.75". Washington, November 21, 1818. To Georgia Governor William Rabun. In part: "One of the Committees of the house of Representatives wish to have a copy of the law or laws of Georgia regulating the mode of the discharging of the Negroes... if there is any act in which the American Colonization Society is named a copy of that also..." The American Colonization Society was formed in Washington, D.C., in 1817 to promote African repatriation of freed slaves. In 1807, Congress had passed an act banning the importation of slaves into the United States. It required anyone who seized a ship with slaves aboard to turn the slaves over to the government of the state, to be "disposed of" according to state law. A Georgia law of 1817 permitted the slaves to be sold by the governor, or to be turned over to the American Colonization Society to be resettled in Africa. This was the law Forsyth was requesting. Forsyth later became Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. Ink has spread in text but not at signature. Folds, vertical fold touches "J" in John. Rubber stamp of collector at bottom left corner. Verso is completely silked. Light ink show through from verso. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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