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In Their Own Words

August 19, 1740

Unwanted Colonists Left

For a variety of reasons, many of Georgia’s early colonists decided not to stay. In this entry in his journal, William Stephens, the Trustees’ secretary, recorded the imminent departure of some he would not miss - the leaders of the Malcontents - the colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations concerning colonial Georgia:

“… The next Movement of any of our settled Inhabitants, it is expected will happen among our restless Gentry of the Club, some of whom, namely, Dr. Tailfer and Jenkins, I have before taken Notice were preparing to send off their Wives and Families; but that not yet being done, it is now publickly [sic] given out, that they themselves also are preparing to go with them, and were putting their Goods on board a small Sloop lying near, formerly built by Mr. Robert Williams, but never yet employed, whereof another of the Club was to go Master on this Occasion, whose skill in Navigation is supposed not to be great; and when I see this come to pass, I shall think the Colony happily delivered from the most mischievous Set of People that ever sat down in it… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia (no city cited: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. II, p. 483.