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In Their Own Words

August 29, 1740

Stephens Carried Letter to Oglethorpe; Malcontent Prepared to Leave

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens mentioned a Packet of letters for the General (James Oglethorpe) which Stephens had held for a week, looking for someone to take them to him. Finally, he decided to do it himself. He also mentioned the imminent departure of Dr. Tailfer - the leader of the Malcontents - the colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations in colonial Georgia:

“…The Packets for the General having lain in my Hands since Monday, and seeing no Opportunity offer to send them; upon conferring with Mr. Jones upon it, I observed he had it in his Intention, to be the Bearer
of them himself; but having not waited on the General
in the South for more than a Year past (which Mr. Jones had divers Times) and withal having a more than ordinary Desire at this Time, to consult his Excellence on those arduous Points, which the Trustees in their Letters (of late received) had required me to be very explicit in, and for that Reason they had desired me to crave his Help; I thought proper not to be too free with my Compliments at present, but said plainly to him, that I thought it was my Turn; at which he acquiesced, and a Boat was ordered to be ready against the Morning Tide, very early. Dr. Tailfer now also began to send off his Goods and Luggage on board a small Sloop lying at the Wharf, in order to proceed for Charles-Town in a Day or two, as it was said.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 651-652.