James Seagrove’s Journal from 1793

Announcing the release of:

LAMAR Institute Publication Series Report Number 220

Another research report by the LAMAR Institute has been uploaded to its website for free public download.  Click on the link above to download LAMAR Institute’s Report 220, entitled, Journal of James Seagrove, Creek Indian Agent, 1793. The journal, which covers the period from October 31, 1793 to December 10, 1793, was transcribed by Daniel Battle and Daniel T. Elliott. The original manuscript is archived in the Butler Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

James Seagrove is a poorly understood historical figure in early Georgia history. He was appointed Creek Indian Agent by President George Washington in early 1792. In 1793 he embarked into the Creek Nation and spent several months talking with the Lower and Upper Creek Chiefs. This was during a tense period in American history when the residents of Georgia and the Creeks were in an undeclared war.  In addition to the obvious political content, Seagrove’s journal provides wonderful details of aspects of Creek life. This journal has never seen the light of day in academic circles and I encourage anyone interested in Creek history and culture, early Georgia history and early American history to read it!

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