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In Their Own Words

February 23, 1740

Stephens Planted Mulberry Trees

William Stephens spent some in his small lot on this day, planting Mulberry trees, and seeing who else was getting ready for spring planting :

“…I gave a Loose to my Inclination this Day, and passed away good Part of it very agreeably, at my little five-Acre Lot, in planting more Vines, Mulberries, &c. and walking among some of the adjacent Lots, to see what Preparation was made by any towards planting Corn, or the like: A few such I found, but wished it had been many more; it being high Time now to get ready for that Work; and it would be soon seen who intended it and who not.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 519.