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In Their Own Words

February 21, 1739

Frustrations Expressed in Colonial Georgia

William Stephens expressed the frustrations of many in colonial Georgia in his journal on this day - they even included James Oglethorpe (the General) seeming to not be concerned about Savannah. See this commentary from February 13 for his description on the Indians mentioned in today’s entry:

“…Eight Days were now past since we sent a Boat express to the General with Letters acquainting him of the Arrival of the Indians, and of the Difficulties we were under how to content them, the Stores being so empty; and they began to grow impatient now, rambling abroad into the Country among those few Plantations that lay near us; where tho’ they had yet done no Mischief, yet they would come boldly into their Huts, laying their Hands on any Thing they liked, and appearing displeased at their being refused to take it; which struck some Terror into those who made their Abode in those Places. The long Absence of the General from among us, began indeed to be sadly regretted by all good Men, under such melancholy Circumstances as we now saw come upon us; whilst there were not wanting some, who were malicious enough to deride the Confidence we had of seeing Things better hereafter, and to ridicule all present Hopes of Relief from the General; who, they would persuade us to believe, had given over all farther Regard to Savannah, and reserved his Favours entirely for those whom he had his Eyes more immediately over in the South…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 284.