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In Their Own Words

January 09, 1738

Court Addressed Liquor Problem

William Stephens wrote about a session of the colonial Georgia court, in which the problem of “spiritous Liquors” was addressed:

“…This Day a Court was held; when the Magistrates put on their Gowns, making a very decent Appearance ; and Mr. Causton opened it with a Speech, setting forth the Trustees Favour intended thereby, to the Town, in adding a greater Shew of Authority, for preserving all their just Rights, as well as the publick Peace : And among other Things, took Notice of the vile Abuse lately crept in among us, in selling spirituous Liquors in many private Houses, unlicensed to sell any Sort of Drink ; which produced grievous Consequences, and would tend to the Ruin of the Colony, if not sup- pressed ; which therefore the Magistrates were deter- mined to do their utmost in ; and hoped every good Man would assist him, in discovering such secret and dangerous Pradlices, that the Authors might meet with due Punishment…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 65.