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In Their Own Words

February 17, 1736

Colonial Georgia Journey Continued

Benjamin Ingham, who had come to Georgia on the same ship - along with John Wesley and James Oglethorpe - continued the entry in his journal begun the previous day about a trip to the southern part of early colonial Georgia:

“…Near 2 we set forward again and with great difficulty cross’d over the Mouth of the River Ogeechee. The wind was exceeding high & the water very rough; almost every wave drove over the Side of the Boat, so that every moment we were in Jeopardy of our lives: And truly if Mr. Oglethorpe had not rouz’d up himself and struck life into the Rowers, I do not know but most of us might have here made our Exit. Towards 6 we got to a little place call’d Bear’s Island, where we encamp’d all night round a roaring fire in a Bed of Canes where the wind could not reach us. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 176.