After he returned to Bern in 1714, Graffenried wrote his "Relation", in which he also included several other documents, among them the letter he had written to the governor of the provinces of North Carolina, Edward Hyde, following his release from captivity. Of particular interest in Graffenried’s "Relation" for those studying Lawson are his description of Lawson as a money grubbing land speculator who puts Graffenried’s settlers on land he owns rather than on available better lands (226) as well as Graffenried’s description of Lawson being the cause of his own death because of his quarrelsome personality (266-69). How to take these judgments of Lawson is uncertain because Graffenried is writing as a man in "embarrassed" circumstances—he returned to Bern penniless and owing a great deal of money to people in America. His "Relation" is predominantly an apology to explain why his settlement failed under his leadership.
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