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In Their Own Words

April 09, 1739

Servant Problems Became Routine

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed that problems with the men he had hired to work his land had become almost routine:

“…The first News I had this Morning, was by one of my Servants at the Plantation, who came to tell me two of his Fellows were run away in the Night; which I had little Cause to be sorry for, too well knowing that I must never expect their Work would pay for their Maintenance: Nevertheless I would not be want- ing to get the proper Means of getting them taken; wherein it was not unlikely we might succeed, as hitherto we had not failed in any one; and the last who went off (vide 30th ult.) I had now Intelligence was caught by the Cow-Keeper at Old Ebenezer. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 313.