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In Their Own Words

August 23, 1734

Colonists Wanted Pay for Work

From Skidaway Island, William Dalmas wrote James Oglethorpe about the problem he was getting colonists to build a fortification on the coast island:

“… All our settlement is in tolerable good health but have been a little alarmed with a report of fifty or sixty Spaniards and Spanish Indians being seen in a boat on our frontiers to the Southward, which made me assist and give directions to our people in erecting a square redoubt upon our point with an entrenchment on the inside and a fosse without. We have four swivel and a carriage gun mounted, which both commands the river and the approaches to our huts … . I can’t help but take notice that we were but six to carry on the aforesaid work, with rest refusing to do any thing without being paid for it… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. I, p. 47.