In Their Own Words
July 08, 1742
Worries About Spanish Expressed
“July 8. Thursday. This morning we were alarmed by Mr. Habershams arrival, who … acquainted me with the Information he had by a Boat passing thro the Narrows in the Evening, bound for Savannah … the Substance of the Intelligence was, that the Enemy with upwards of thirty sail were come over the Bar and at Anchor in Jekyll Sound; that they were all Vessels of War … that the General thereon, doubting not that they would land, thought it best to blow up what must otherwise fall into their hands, and retire towards the town… . Upon this Advice, I order’d to beat to Arms early at the break of day, when I told our men what Intelligence I had received, exhorted them to unity and Steadfastness, whereby only we could preserve ourselves … .”
Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 106.