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In Their Own Words

September 07, 1742

Angry Colonist Wrote Trustees

Despite the victory over the Spanish invasion force on St. Simons Island, some Georgia colonists still were complaining about the Trustee policies on slavery and land ownership. One of these was John Fallowfield, who from Charles Town wrote the Trustees on this day:

“I believe it may be said your colony is coming to a conclusion after these wars, but it is not the wars that frightened me with many others, for we stayed ‘till the danger was over, near a month after. Your President [William Stephens] who was Colonel of the militia kept no guard in the greatest time of danger. He seemed to be quite dispirited, so that he sent the money away and secured a pilot and told him he should go along with the cash and partake with him and kept his horse always ready saddled … . Such management among them never was the like, the particulars would be too tedious to relate. I shall only tell you it’s impossible for Courts to be held in Savannah, so many of the principal persons left the colony because they could live no longer in it, according to your unwholesome constitution. I am now here [Charles Town] and all that I have to repent of is my obstinacy of continuing so long at Georgia and am severely reflected on by my friends who advised me from going at all.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. II, pp. 647-648.