MR. Keith Read was a business man and book collector in Savannah. He sold most of his books before his death in 1940 but his collection of manuscripts survived him. For many years they were stored in a bank vault in Savannah, but in 1957 his heirs decided to sell them, and the Wormsloe Foundation of Savannah purchased and donated them to the University of Georgia Libraries.
The collection, consisting of 3,625 items, contains rare and unique pieces in the form of diaries, letterbooks, journals, and letters which reflect many facets of early Georgia history. Some items have already been published, one being the Laws of the Creek Nation which appeared as the first number in the Miscellanea Publications. The material for the present volume also is taken from the Keith Read Collection.
The papers of Major-General Lachlan McIntosh are of importance because they contain much information concerning the Revolutionary War in Georgia and of that period in our history. Part of his papers are owned by the Georgia Historical Society and were published as volume 12 of the Collections of the Georgia Historical Society in 1957. They were edited by Mrs. Lilla M. Hawes, Librarian of the Society. It was natural to turn to her for editing these additional papers of the same man. This volume should be considered as a companion volume to the earlier one.