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In Their Own Words

February 03, 1738

Stephens Met with Colonists at Frederica

William Stephens wrote in his journal about visiting with the colonists in Frederica:

“…In the Evening I had the ready Consent of the Magistrates and Constables to sit an Hour or two with me, from whom I was very well pleased to hear, that they all lived in perfect Peace and Quiet, without Fear of any Disturbance from Abroad, and with- out any Strife or Contention of Law at Home, where they sometimes opened a Court, but very rarely had any Thing to do in it : They seemed to shew some Concern, that there was so little Appearance of Improvements made on their Land last Year, which was owing to the continued Alarm from the Spaniards, and the frequent Duty they were upon (and that was well known) which they hoped would be a just Excuse for them ; and they assured me, that there was very few (if any) but who went on now in good Earnest this Season to do all in their Power : All of which I myself was partly an Eye- Witness of, and could the more easily believe : They ex pressed a great Desire of gaining the good Will of the honourable Trustees ; and I told them, I would do them Justice in representing it ; and moreover could assure them of obtaining their Favour in Proportion to their future Diligence and good Behaviour.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 75-76.