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In Their Own Words

January 03, 1739

Highlanders Supported Slavery Ban

From Darien, a group of Scots Highlanders wrote the Trustees asking that the ban on slavery in Georgia be continued:

“It is shocking to human Nature, that any Race of Mankind and their Posterity, should be sentenced to perpetual Slavery… . And as Freedom to them must be as dear as to us, what a Scene of Horror must it bring about! … We therefore, for our own sakes, our wives and Children, and our Posterity, beg your Consideration, and interest, that instead of introducing Slaves, you’ll put us in the way to get us some of our Countrymen, who with their Labour in time of Peace, and our Vigilance, if we are invaded, with the Help of those, will render it a difficult Thing to hurt us, or that Part of the Province we possess… .”

Source: Spencer B. King, Jr., Georgia Voices: A Documentary History to 1872 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1974 reprint of 1966 original volume), pp. 177-178.