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In Their Own Words

March 09, 1738

Unusually Quiet Day Noted in Journal

William Stephens was often caught in the middle of the debates between the Malcontents (colonists apposed to the Trustees’ regulations in colonial Georgia) and those worked for the Trustees. On this day he noted it was unusually quiet on that account, and expressed hope that some had stopped listening to the Malcontents:

“…Nothing stir- ring in Town worth Remark, but all in profound Peace and Quiet, to a Degree which I had not hitherto ob- served; and a pretty many of the Freeholders now grown a little better humoured, I took Notice were mak- ing Preparation for planting, and seemed to go about it with good Will: Which I am fully persuaded most of the same Men would have gone about sooner, and done more, had they been left to themselves, and not influ- enced by such as they now began to be ashamed of. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 99.