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In Their Own Words

February 29, 1740

Slave Sold in Colonial Georgia

Even though slavery was outlawed in colonial Georgia under the Trustees, some colonists got around the prohibition by keeping slaves in neighboring South Carolina. This entry in journal of William Stephens shows - despite the law - Georgia colonists had no sympathy for those held in bondage:

“…A Negro Slave that belonged to the late Mr. Dyson, whom he kept in a clandestine Manner to and fro betwixt the two Provinces, being laid hold on by the Magistrates, after his Master’s Decease here, and kept in Custody; the General sent Orders to Mr. Jones to sell him; wherein consulting me, I was of Opinion it should be at a publick Sale by Auction: In Pursuance of which, publick Advertisements being fixed up Yesterday, that the Sale would be this Morning; it was so; and among several Bidders, Captain Thompson advancing highest, he bought him for 23 /. 5 s. Sterling…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 523-524.