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In Their Own Words

July 19, 1745

Stephens Visited Mary Musgrove

William Stephens and a colleague went to visit one of the people who first met James Oglethorpe when he landed at Yamacraw Bluff. This entry foreshadowed problems Georgia would have with this couple:

“Captain Noble Jones telling me that Captain Horton recommended it to him, when he came this way, to make Mrs. Bosomworth [Mary Musgrove] a Visit in her husbands Absence, and advise her to keep up her Spirits and be chearfull [sic], for that she might be fully assured as ever, of the Trustees favor in general, as well as the Generals in particular, I thought it would not be improper for me to pay her the like Compliment. Wherefore we took boat together, and waited on her at the Grange, where she received us kindly, and it may be presumed we were not the less welcome, for presenting her with a letter from his Excellence … assuring her of his readyness [sic] to assist her with what money she might have occasion of, as the Circumstance of her affairs at present stood. After a few hours Conversation we took our leaves and returned, perceiving, as we thought, that our Errand had an immediate good effect… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 228.