In 1737, Hugh Anderson, a Scottish "gentleman" of "liberal education" who had come to the new colony of Georgia with his family two years earlier, joined his voice to those already complaining to the colony's governing body. In so doing, he also attacked the Trustees' plan for the colony and their land and labor regulations. Correspondence was the common medium in the eighteenth century for communication, for the diffusion of information, and for establishing, reinforcing, or questioning social, political, and economic relationships. Like the other colonists, Hugh Anderson used the letter of petition as a medium of protest. But Anderson's voice was also distinctive among the Georgia colonists, especially in his letters to the leading Trustee in England, Sir John Percival, Earl of Egmont, for its use of both language and concepts from natural philosophy and natural history to organize and to express his discontent.
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Stewart, Mart A., ""Policies of Nature and Vegetables": Hugh Anderson, the Georgia Experiment, and the Political Use of Natural Philosophy" (1993). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 49.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Natural history--Georgia; Nature--Effect of human beings on--Georgia--History; Colonists--Georgia; Georgia--History
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Anderson, Hugh, -1748