In Their Own Words
March 30, 1738
Slowness of Mail Noted in Journal
Today’s entry in the journal of William Stephens noted the long length of time it took for mail to arrive in colonial Georgia, even from neighboring South Carolina:
“…In the Forenoon arrived a Packet from the so. Trustees, sent from Charles-Town, by a trading Boat going thence for New- Windsor. Our Letters from the Trust (among which I had one) were dated December 14; and Mr. Wragg, who sent the Packet to Mr. Causton, and likewise wrote to him, not saying when it arrived, nor by what Ship, gave us good Reason to think it had lain a long while, according to Custom; for from what usually happened, we might allow a Month at least for any Letter to find its Way to us from England after its Arrival in Carolina. …”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 113-114.