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Manuscript Collection: Joseph Galloway

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Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: This is a message to the Governor of Pennsylvania from Galloway as Speaker of the Assembly. The Assembly takes exception to the Governor's request for a garrison at Fort Pitt to protect the inhabitants of the back country from the Indians and refuses for fear of stirring up trouble among the Indians. At one point in the letter, it reads: "We might offer other Reasons for not concurring in Sentiments with your Honor, on the Propriety of supporting a Garrison at Fort Pitt, but being of Opinion that any warlike Preparations even within our own Frontiers, at a Time of prevailing Harmony between us and the Natives may be attended with more ill than good Consequences ... " Joseph Galloway (c. 1731-1803) was born in Maryland but moved at an early age to Philadelphia where he studied law. He was active in politics and was elected assemblyman in 1756, a post which he held continuously until 1776 with the single exception of the year 1764 - 65. He took the unpopular view that an orderly petition would eventually settle all differences between Great Britain and America, and finally joined Howe in the hopes that he could help "save America from herself." In 1778 he went to England and remained until his death. His properties in America were confiscated and when, in 1793, he asked permission of the Pennsylvania authorities to return to this country, his petition was denied.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
February 19, 1773
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