1801 Autograph Letter Signed from Samuel Coleman, Virginia clerk, to Georgia Governor David Emanuel, Transmitting a Copy of Recently-Passed Laws by the Legislature of Virginia.
Documenting Southern States’ communications
Here, Coleman presents Governor David Emanuel with Virginia’s most recently-enacted laws.
The letter is docketed, in part, “Exchange of Laws” and reads, in full:
Richmond June 23rd, 1801. Sir, I have the honor, in pursuance of an instruction from the Governor of this Commonwealth, to forward to you a copy of the laws passed by the Legislature of Virginia at its last Session; and am Sir, with perfect respect your most obed. Servant, Samuel Coleman [next line:] His Excellency The Governor of Georgia.
David Emanuel (c. 1744–1808) was the only 19th Century American Jew to serve in Georgia’s highest-ranking executive office.
David Emanuel was a leader in the Revolutionary War (1775-83), a state legislator, and acting governor, as well as the only Jew to serve as Georgia’s chief executive. Because so few records remain of his life, he is one of Georgia’s least-known governors. Emanuel County, in the wiregrass region, is named for him .... Emanuel is considered to be the first Jew elected to public office in the South and the first Jewish governor of any U.S. state, although he may not have been an openly practicing Jew. As an adult he became a Presbyterian, confusing later researchers about his identity, but modern historians accept that he was Jewish.¹
A useful letter, in terms of documenting the communications between the executive branches of Southern state governments in regards to their individual legislative activities.
Description: 1801 Autograph Letter Signed from Samuel Coleman, Virginia clerk, to Georgia Governor David Emanuel, Transmitting a Copy of Recently-Passed Laws by the Legislature of Virginia.
Richmond, Virginia. June 23, 1801. Quarto, (approx. 225 x 185mm), p., docketed. Former transmittal folds; some tanning; paper defects along bottom margin slightly affecting a small portion of the letter “G” in the word “Georgia.”