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In Their Own Words

February 06, 1731

Movement Toward Colony Progressed

John Percival, who would later become the Earl of Egmont, served in the House of Commons with James Oglethorpe. In his diary entry for today, Percival recorded that the movement for a new English colony in America initiated by Oglethorpe was progressing:

“…[I]n the evening Mr. Oglethorp came again to talk over the Carolina settlement, which is in a good way. The Board of Trade have reported in favour of it, and we the undertakers or managers have the government of the people we send thither for twenty-one years, with a large track of land granted, that lies between two rivers… .”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. I, p. 127.