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In Their Own Words

August 04, 1740

Long Wait for Mail

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed how difficult it could be to find means of sending mail from colonial Georgia to England:

“…Having in vain waited for a Month or more past, to find a safe Conveyance of a Packet to Charles- Town, designed for the Trust, which I made up on the 5th of July; but hearing of no Boat goiiig that I could confide in, till now, when I understood a fair Opportunity offered to-morrow, I resolved to do what I could, in getting another Packet ready, to be sent in Company with the former; and that was my chief Employment
this Day.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 633-634.