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In Their Own Words

July 30, 1730

First Attempt at Charter

The first actual attempt to seek a charter for Georgia was made by John Percival (the future Earl of Egmont), James Oglethorpe, and other associates interested in creating a new British colony in America. On this date, Percival recorded in his diary:

“We agreed on a petition to the King and Council for obtaining a grant of lands on the southwest of Carolina for settling poor persons of London, and having ordered it to be engrossed fair, we signed it, all who were present, and the other Associates were to be spoke also to sign it before delivered.”