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In Their Own Words

June 14, 1744

Journal Entry on Preparing for Danger

Being a buffer colony, Georgia was constantly on the lookout for danger, as William Stephens recorded in his journal:

“June 14, Thursday. Recd. a letter from Mr. Bolzius desiring my Advise what he and his people were to do, in case any Danger should arise from the Enemys [sic] attempting an invasion, and acquainting me that some of his people were without Musquetts [sic] &c, to which I wrote him that … the Trustees Store of Arms was quite exhausted. But I understood that divers of his people had 2 or 3 Fire Arms apiece by them… . I must recommend it as Reasonable, that such as had Arms … might spare some to their neighbors who wanted … the rangers which the General had been pleased to allow for their farther [sic] protection, if they did their Duty would soon know if any Enemy were approaching thro the Country, and prevent them being Surprized… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 113-114.