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In Their Own Words

January 12, 1736

Benjamin Ingham to Minister to Indians

At sea, James Oglethorpe accompanied a new group of colonists headed for Georgia. Among the new colonists were John and Charles Wesley, as well as Benjamin Ingham, who came to do missionary work with the Indians. Ingham used his time at sea to prepare for his work in Georgia, as evidenced by this day’s journal entry:

“Monday Jan. 12: I begin to write out the English dictionary, in order to learn the Indian tongue. O! Who is sufficient for these things! When the Ship roll’d so that we could could not well go about to visit the people, we generally spent the evenings in Conversation with Mr. Oglethorpe from whom we learn’t many particulars concerning the Indians.”

Source: [No author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 172.