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In Their Own Words

April 11, 1745

Attempt to Capture “Pernicious” Traders

William Stephens was the Trustees’ secretary to Georgia from 1737-1750 and sent them regular reports. He also kept a journal during much of this time. On this day in 1745 he wrote:

“April 11. Thursday. Captain Horton took his leave of us this morning, and returned the same way that he came, taking Captain Noble Jones with him so far as Skeedaway Guard, after first having made such a Disposition of his Boats, as was most likely to produce the good Effect wished for in catching those pernicious Traders with the Spaniards, unquestionably in the very Act. Wherein if they Succeeded, upon immediate notice being sent to the Captain he would instantly be back again, and Secure both Men and Vesell…”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 215-216.