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In Their Own Words

July 04, 1738

Prisoner Mentioned Tomochichi

William Stephens recorded the arrival of a prisoner who had been causing trouble among the Indians in colonial Georgia, even mentioning Tomochichi in a derogatory manner:

“…A Boat arrived with one Wright, a Prisoner in Custody, taken up by Mr. Lacy, and sent by him from Augusta, by Virtue of a Warrant issued out to apprehend him some Months since; for that he was a lawless Person, trading among the Indians, without Licence, either from Carolina or Georgia, and stirring up Mischief of dangerous Consequence among those Nations; one of their chief Men, through his Instigation, lately asking who it was made Tomo Chichi such a great Person, to give away Lands which he had nothing to do with? and at the same Time claiming a Property in those Lands about Augusta. Wright had also been charged with demolishing, by his own Hands, one of the first Huts we had built there, and now lately with Pistols in his Girdle insulting the Men at the Fort: For all which he was this Day committed to our Goal. N. B. It was said at his first coming over he was a Transport Convict. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 166.