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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Langworthy: From Loyalist to Patriot
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Roger Allen

      Edward Langworthy was born in Savannah in 1738. Since he was born only five years after Georgia was settled, it is likely his parents were recruited from debtors' prisons or poorhouses back in London.
      Orphaned at a very young age, he lived and then later taught at the Bethesda Orphan House operated by George Whitefield. Once he left Bethesda, he moved to Savannah.
      Here, he signed a card published in the Georgia Gazette on September 7, 1774, that criticized those patriotic resolutions adopted at Tondee's Tavern in August of that year, as not being representative of the majority of the inhabitants of Georgia.
      Not long afterwards, he apparently had a change of heart, for history shows that Haddon Smith, the Rector of the Anglican Christ Church in Savannah was forcibly removed by the Patriots, and Edward Langworthy was installed in his place.
Langworthy was elected the Secretary for Georgia's Council of Safety in 1776. In 1777 he was elected as a delegate from   Georgia to go to the Continental Congress.
      In 1778, he was again selected to represent Georgia, this time serving alongside George Walton and Edward Telfair. They signed the Articles of Confederation on behalf of Georgia.
      Edward Langworthy was actually the only delegate to the Continental Congress from Georgia that was present during the discussion. Langworthy told the members of Congress that while he had no specific instructions, he was certain that Georgia would ratify the document.
      Once the Revolutionary War was over, he moved from Savannah to Baltimore, Maryland. While in Baltimore, Langworthy decided to write a history of Georgia.
      Because of a prospectus that was published in the Georgia Gazette, it is believed his "history" was actually written. He also sent subscription forms to Seaborn Jones in Augusta which stated that "Inclosed (sic) you will receive a Subscription Paper for 'A Political History of the State of Georgia."
      Langworthy described his effort to "rescue the patriotic exertions of our Countrymen from Oblivion and the Misrepresentation of some Writers of American History." Jones was to forward subscription monies to "Mr. James Johnston, Printer at Savannah." The funds for the books printing, apparently, never materialized.
      While in Maryland, Langworthy married a young lady named Wright, and became part-owner and editor of "The Maryland Journal & Baltimore Advertiser."
      After Langworthy sold his interest in the newspaper in 1787, he first became an instructor at the Baltimore Academy from 1787-1791, and then went to work for the Baltimore Customs House until his death in 1802 from yellow fever.
      Roger Allen is a local lover of history. Allen provides a brief look at Bulloch County's historical past. E-mail Roger at roger

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