In Their Own Words
April 25, 1739
Oglethorpe’s Servants and Soldiers Ran Away
“…Mr. Mace, an Ensign in the Regiment at St. Simen’s, arrived, and brought me a Letter from Major Cook, advising of three indented Servants, belonging to the General, being run away; and also of five Soldiers having deserted (viz. two from the Major’s own Company, and three from Lieutenant Colonel Cockran’s) all from St. Simon’s; describing the Persons, promising the Reward for taking, as usual, &c. The Ensign had with him a sufficient Force of Hands well armed, in case they came up with them, and was pushing on for Carolina with Intent to keep a head of them, and look out narrowly in his Way back.”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 323.