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In Their Own Words

August 26, 1738

Report from Frederica

William Horton, who James Oglethorpe left in charge of Frederica during his visit to England, wrote the Trustees about conditions at Georgia’s southern-most settlement:

“… The people of Frederica have and, I thank God, still do enjoy an uncommon share of health, and I have taken some pains to keep a good harmony amongst them and therein have succeeded to my wishes. For no set of people in their circumstances live in a more peaceable manner than they have done for many months past. They have cultivated as much land as they can take care of themselves but for want of servants have not been able to clear so much as their neighbours at Darien.

“The crops of corn at both places are very bad. The seed was far from being good, and, the season proving very dry, it is generally parched up. The gardens at Frederica are very flourishing and are great helps to the people… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), pp. 344.