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In Their Own Words

June 09, 1739

Oglethorpe Determined to Keep Rum out of Georgia

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed how determined James Oglethorpe (the General) was to keep rum out of colonial Georgia:

“…Captain Hunt, Master of a Brigantine that traded to these Parts from New-York, arrived from St. Simon’s again, where he had been once before, offering his Cargo to Sale; but having (it seems) some Rum on board him, which he said he was bound to Province with; the General was so offended at his daring Presumption to bring it into Harbour, that he would not allow him to dispose of any other Goods among them; wherefore after having been and disposed of his Rum elsewhere, he made this second Offer to sell the rest of his Cargo, but in that, he did not yet succeed, the late Offence given being too fresh in Memory…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 351-352.