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In Their Own Words

May 03, 1740

Native American Described

In his journal, William Stephens described the appearance of one of the Creek Indian leaders:

“…he thinks himself of Age sufficient to take his own Right, being near Thirty: And as his Ability, as well as his Good-will to the English, is not to be questioned; so his Person is very engaging: His Stature but a little short of six Foot, his Make clean, and perfectly well shaped from Head to Foot, as he appears when naked to his Skin; and when he puts on a Coat and Hat, his Behaviour is such, that one would rather imagine from his Complaisance, he had been bred in some European Court, than among Barbarians : At the same Time, though the Features of his Face were inviting, and shew Tokens of Good-Nature; yet there is something in his Aspect which demands Awe. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 566.