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In Their Own Words

June 03, 1737

Malcontents Talked about Land Tenure

Thomas Causton was the first storekeeper for the Trustees in early colonial Georgia. On this day he mentioned an encounter with some of the Malcontents - the colonists opposed to the Trustees’ policies on colonial Georgia:

“…In Conversation with Mr. Horton, Mr. Robert Williams, & Mr. Christie, a discourse began concerning the Tenure of lands, particularly by Mr. Horton, that the people were not legally put in possession, therefore their titles are all liable to be defeated. Mr. Horton asserted he did not know any one person in the whole Colony, who was legally put in possession: the Reason he gave us was, that the true way of giving possession, was, by a Twigg & a Tuef, & that no other was was legall. As this seemed to Stick with the other two, I Said that we all had the Right in Effect, & I did not know who could dispute it. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 248.