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In Their Own Words

June 09, 1737

Diary Record of Two Meetings with Early Georgians

Thomas Causton, bailiff of Savannah, met two of early colonial Georgia’s leading figures on this day, but one of the meetings was not pleasant:

“9 June: Mr. Wesley intimated to me that I stood accused among the People of Several Acts of injustice, and intending Revenge to Several people, which by his discourse he Seemed to believe; … but I defied him to mention anything wherein I had not kept within yet bounds of Civility… . I asked Mr. Wesley, if he found me charged with so many crimes of injustice & Revenge; and whether he had heard no Accusations of me in regard to the Magistracy; his answer was, ‘An artfull [sic] man could avoid that.’ I did not think it worth my while to shew any uneasiness to him, because he had now fully discovered himself; but I let him know, if I was charged at any time with behaviour in a Sour manner it might be a just charge, because I had so many unreasonable demands… . Mr Boltzius arrived, having received my letters, & took with him several parcells which came in Captain Dymond from England, & promised to come down next week to Settle the General accounts… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), pp. 250-251.