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In Their Own Words

September 12, 1744

Meeting with Bosomworth Detailed

Georgia president William Stephens was visited by Mary Musgrove’s third husband hoping to collect money his wife alleged the Trustees owed him from five years earlier:

“Mr. Bosomworth called on me in behalf of his wife; desiring to be informed how it came to pass that Mr. Jacob Matthews her former husband, was not paid the Bounty Money allow’d by the Trustees on Corn &c in the year 1739, which I thought a Question somewhat extraordinary so many years after; and (as I was very little Concern’d in the payment of Money in those days) I could not resolve him in it at present, but I told him I would inform myself in it, by making Enquiry back into those former times, and get the best light into it that I could. But I plainly perceived, that Supposing this Demand now made, to be at the rate of two shillings p[er] Bushell for Corn and other Species proportional, and Mr. Matthews’ plantation to be very large that year, it must amount to a large Sum. And it seem’d to me a little Strange, that in so long time ‘twas not looked after.”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 145.