In the letter Gilmer informs Blount that the state-owned slaves ("public hands") who are working for him on the Oconee River should be taken to Milledgeville, Georgia, where they will be put to work on "the improvement of the roads and rivers in...
The order was sent to the associations for the Altamaha, Savannah, Ocmulgee, Chattahoochee, and Oconee Rivers; each organization was to deliver its materials (probably including the state-owned slaves) to a different city in Georgia.
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