Article Title: "Hartford, July 5. The secret let out. Quotes Benigno Garcia and the Georgia Journal
over seizure of Creek territory, and concludes that when Georgian's cry war for 'sailors rights' they
really mean for 'Indian land.'"
Published in: Connecticut Courant
Place of Publication: Hartford, CT
Publication Date: 7/5/1814
HARTFORD, JULY 5.
The secret let out. On the 12th of December 1812, Benigno Garzia, the governor of St. Augustine,
wrote a spirited letter to Gov. Mitchell, of Georgia, accusing him, and along with him the people of
Georgia, of wantonly insulting and abusing the southern Indians, with a view to provoke them to take
up the hatchet, that so they might have a pretext for dispossessing them of their fertile domain. In the
said letter Garzia remarked, " It is not long since the state of Georgia had a slice of Indian lands, and
the fever is again at the height."
To that letter of Governor Garzia the Georgia Journal, of the 3d of April last, has furnished a notable
comment.---" To the conclusion of the Creek war," (says the Journal) " which is near at hand, we look
forward with considerable interest. Claiming a portion of the territory, when the Indian title is extinct,
the manner in which it will be disposed of naturally excites our attention. Enough will doubtless be
taken to defray the expence of subduing them : but precisely how much, and what part, is uncertain.
Bound to extinguish our claim as early as possible, the general government we presume will not be
unmindful of its duty." Excellent ! But what follows is rather better yet. In a subsequent paper the
Journal says---" By those who have the best opportunity of judging, it is thought the whole of the
territory claimed by Georgia will be added to her."
Here is clearly seen the reason why the gallant patriots of Georgia, almost to a man, were so zealous
for waging war with England for sailors' rights, meaning by it Indians' lands.