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In Their Own Words

August 28, 1736

John Wesley Got Lost

In his journal entry for this day, John Wesley recorded a slight problem he encountered following a visit to the new Fort Frederica. Presumably from the southern end of St. Simons Island, Wesley and a guide traveled by foot to the fort. Returning that evening, however, they got lost:

“… I set apart, (out of the few we had) a few Books towards a Library at Frederica. In the Afternoon I walked to the Fort on the other side of the Island. About Five we set out homeward. But my Guide not being perfect in the Way, we were soon lost in the Woods. We walked on however as well as we could, till between Nine and Ten; when being heartily tired, and thirdly wet with Dew, we lay down and slept till Morning.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 211.