Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 20, Number 3, September 1998.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
The "Journal of Archibald Clark" proved to be the papers of Robert R. Henry. They document Henry's 1820s political crusade in Georgia, New York, and Washington to replace Clark as the port master at St. Marys, Georgia. Henry meticulously recorded his thoughts and actions in what he eventually left as a memoir to his descendants. He even saw ammunition for his causes in documents critical of his efforts, which he copied without obvious prejudice. These papers provide an extremely rare documented case study of political activism of the period.