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In Their Own Words

July 07, 1742

Fear of Spanish Invasion Expressed

While the Battle of Bloody Marsh took place on this day, Georgia president William Stephens back in Savannah did not hear of it for almost a week. In his journal for this day, Stephens recorded his fears that the imminent confrontation with the Spanish would not be successful:

“July 7. Wednesday. Too soon at last we found what we did not wish for: Mr Samuel Brown arriving this morning, brought a Letter from the General [then at Frederica] dated the 2d Instant, which gave us a mellancholly [sic] prospect of the Situation that he was then in, expecting every hour when the Enemy would come in at St. Simons, who were come to an Anchor off that Bar, with a much more numerous Fleet, and Land forces, than they threatened him with before… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 105-106.