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In Their Own Words

May 20, 1740

William Stephens Learned Son Sided with Malcontents

In his journal, William Stephens recorded learning that his son (then in England) was siding with the Malcontents - the group of colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations governing early colonial Georgia:

“…Mr. Brownfield called on me, and shewed me a Letter he had received from my Son, which came not in any Packet directed to me, but (as I observed) was directed to the Care of one Mackenzie, Merchant in Charles-Town; from whom Mr. Brownfield had it, and it was dated the 28th of December. The Substance of it was to inform him, of a Design carrying on, to obtain a parliamentary Enquiry into the bad State of this Colony, &c. which he made no Scruple to inform him, he was, among others, a Promoter of, and professed, that what he did therein, he did not desire should be concealed, for that he meant it openly and publick. This, without any Thing else to employ my Thoughts, was more than sufficient for one Day’s Disquiet; whereof none can judge, but such only as have the Misfortune to deal with an unruly Son of his own. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 576.