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In Their Own Words

March 19, 1738

Ship Arrived with Provisions, but Not Enough

William Stephens’ journal entry for this day illustrated one of the difficulties colonial Georgians faced in obtaining necessary provisions:

“…A Sloop came up with divers Sorts of Provisions, many of which were pretty scarce with us, particularly Corn for Seed; But no Potatoes yet to be had, which was likely to prove a great Disappointment at this planting Season: The Sloop came from some of the Northern Plantations, and had called in and disposed of great Part of her Cargo by the Way…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 107.