William Few: Forgotten Patriot, an exhibition featuring original manuscripts and correspondence between William Few and Abraham Baldwin and documents relating to the conditions in the state of Georgia during America’s early years is now on display through Sept. 27 at the Turner Gallery in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.
Few and Baldwin were the two signers of the U.S. Constitution from the state of Georgia who also were close friends and had important ties to the University of Georgia. Two years ago, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired more than 250 letters of Few, his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Frances. These letters reveal much about Few’s activities in Georgia until he moved permanently to New York about 1800. Few served as a trustee of UGA from 1785 until 1800. Baldwin, the first president of UGA, is mentioned frequently in Catherine Few’s letters. Baldwin’s papers are located in the university’s archives within the Hargrett Library.
This exhibition is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. The Hargrett Library is closed for all home football game days.