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In Their Own Words

January 13, 1733

Peter Gordon Journal on Arrival at Charles Town

Peter Gordon was one of the original Georgia colonists who came aboard the Anne with James Oglethorpe. In his journal, Gordon recorded their arrival at Charles Town:

“January the 13th about nine in the morning we see two sails of shipps, and soon after we made land and stood for it, which we discovered in a short time to be Charles Town. Mr. Oglethorp sent for me, and desired to know if my cloaths were on board, and if I could conveniently come at them, for that he intended to send me ashore with his complements to the Governour, and to bring of a pilote. But being advised to fire guns, which is the usuall signall for pilotes to come off, and that it would give us the greater dispatch, it was accordingly done, but no pilote coming, Mr. Oglethorp resolved to goe himself, and sett off emediatley from the shipp in the pinnace with six rowers, Mr. Amatiss, Mr. Kilberry, and two servants – about six he arrived at Charlestown, and returned on board the next day at noon, and brought with him Mr. Midleton one of the pilots belonging to the men of warr, stationed at Carolina.”

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. 9.