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In Their Own Words

June 06, 1739

Letters to and from Famous Early Georgians

In London, the Earl of Egmont recorded in his diary of two things that happened at this day’s meeting of the Trustees of Georgia:

“… A letter was read from Mr. Whitfeild [George Whitefield] of the 14th inst [i.e., May 14], acquainting our accountant Mr. Verelts [Verelst] that he had collected for erecting an orphan house in Savannah, £996, for building a church for the Saltsburgers £76, and for the poor in general £148.

“…The draft of a letter to Mr. Oglethorp [sic] from the Trustees was prepared by us to be sent away next Friday, thanking him for advancing his own money for the Colony’s service, and running that risk before could know the Parliament would give us money… .”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. III, pp. 64-65.