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In Their Own Words

March 25, 1737

Journal Entry on Spanish Threat to Colonial Georgia

In his journal of Trustee deliberations, the Earl of Egmont recorded receipt of information from America that supported James Oglethorpe’s arguments for the need of a British Army regiment under his command to defend Georgia and Carolina from attack by Spanish forces in Cuba and St. Augustine:

“Mr. Saml. Eveleigh wrote to his correspondent in London, that a Sloop was arrived from the Govr. of Providence with a packet … together with 5 affidavits made before that Govr. by 5 Englishmen who had been lately prisoners at the Havana, and were newly arrived there. These letters confirm’d the Accts. of the preparations of the Spaniards at the Havanah [sic] against Carolina.

“That Capt. Dunbar was come from Georgia wth. an Acct. that at Frederica, Darien and Savannah all was well prepared, and the Inhabitants resolved to defend themselves. That the Forts at the two former Towns are Strong & regular, and a great progress was made in the 3d at Savannah.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson (ed.), The Journal of the Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), pp. 248-49.