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In Their Own Words

May 16, 1738

Whitefield Met Tomochichi

Two of the more important figures in colonial Georgia history met on this day in 1738. George Whitefield, only recently arrived in Georgia, wrote in his journal:

“Tuesday, May 16. …I went to see Tomo Chachi (sic), who, I heard, was near expiring at a Neighbor’s House. He lay on a blanket thin and meagre, and little else but Skin and Bones. Senauki sat by fanning him with some Indian feathers. There was no Body that could talk English, so I could only shake Hands and leave him.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), p. 288.