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This Day in Georgia History

January 02, 1737

Oglethorpe Return to England

To view a publication on James Oglethorpe, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

After a 70-day voyage from Georgia, James Oglethorpe landed at Ilfracombe, a Bristol Channel port on the northern coast of Devon. From here, Georgia’s founder proceeded by land to his townhouse in London. Oglethorpe had been summoned by the Trustees to answer questions about the financial state of Georgia and problems with South Carolina over the Indian trade. More importantly, he had come to lobby for British funding of the defense of Georgia from Spanish forces to the south. Oglethorpe’s 1737 visit to England would prove successful, earning Georgia both an appropriation from Parliament and a British regiment under his command.