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In Their Own Words

January 03, 1738

Liquor Sold in Colonial Georgia Illegally

Intoxicating liquor - in particular rum - was theoretically banned in colonial Georgia during the Trustee period. But as the following journal entry from William Stephens shows, there was plenty around, much to the detriment of those who drank it:

“…Mr. Causton was just returned from the Country, I went and sat an Hour or two with him ; and among other Things, talked of the great Mischief which I apprehended would ensue, from the unlimited Number of Houses that sold Liquors privately (tho* it was pretty well known who divers of them were) and even the worst of Spirits from New England, or elsewhere ; which they got cheap, and thereby many of the working People were drawn in, to spend what little Money they had ; or if they had none, they readily gave them Credit, and afterwards ex- acted Payment of them, by their Labour, about what they wanted …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 62.