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In Their Own Words

May 05, 1736

Concern over Spending Recorded in Journal

In his journal of Trustee proceedings, the Earl of Egmont recorded the concern by fellow members over excessive spending by James Oglethorpe:

“Report made to us, of a bill of £100, drawn by Mr. Oglethorpe, of which advice was not yet arrived. This both Surprised and troubled us. He carry’d with him £5000 in bills and money, and if draw upon us notwithstanding, we Shall quickly be bankrupt. He knows not how low we are in Cash.”

Egmont’s journal for May 5, 1736 also noted the resignations of two Trustees who were unhappy with the March 31 vote to set aside 300 acres of the “best land” near Savannah for rental purposes, with the income to be used for building a church and supporting a minister and assistant:

“… Mr. Moore presented his and Mr. Whites resignations … .It was respectfully drawn up, expressing their incapacity of continuing by reason of their absence from town the greatest part of the year… . Afterwards Mr. Moore Said that one of the main reasons for their quitting (though they did not mention it in their resignation) was the coldness which the Ministry Shew [sic] towards the Colony.

“That the Ministry were cold to us we all know … . But the true Secret was, they never could be reconciled to us after losing their point concerning the lands Granted for Religious uses… .”

Source: Robert G. McPherson (ed.), The Journal of the Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), pp. 150-151.