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In Their Own Words

April 26, 1736

Ingham to Learn, and Teach, Indian Language

Benjamin Ingham, who had come to Georgia on the same ship - along with John Wesley and James Oglethorpe - wrote in his journal on this day of a plan to learn the Indian language from Mary Musgrove, and to teach it to John Wesley and Johann Martin Boltzius (“their lawfull Bishop”):

“…Mr. Wesley and I went up to Cowpen in a Boat, bought for our Use, to converse with Mrs. Musgrove about learning the Indian Language. I agreed to teach her Children to read, and to make her whatever recompence she designed more for her trouble. I am to spend three or four days a week with her, and the rest at Savannah in communicating what I learn to Mr. Wesley; because he intends as Yet wholly to reside there. The Moravians being inform’d of our design, desired me to teach one of the Brethren along with Mr. Wesley; to this I consented at once with my whole heart; And who think Ye is the Person intended to learn? Their lawfull Bishop. O! how am I surprised! How do I rejoyce at this! …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 181.