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In Their Own Words

October 01, 1738

Colonists Ran Away

William Stephens’s journal entry for this day showed how difficult it was to keep people in colonial Georgia:

“…The News of the Day was, that three Persons went off privately in the Night, who were said to be run away; their Names were Hughes, Gould and Hurst: The first was a young Fellow, by Trade a Tallow-Chandler, who of late had not applied himself to Business of any Kind; wherefore the Loss of him was of no Significance: The second was a very good Accomptant, had formerly been employed in the Stores, but for what Reason discharged was unknown to me: and the third was at this Time a Writing Clerk, sent over last Year, and closely employed by Mr. Causton at his House both in Town and at Ockstead: Wherefore Mr. Jones expressed some Uneasiness at it, seeming to conceive some Jealousy that the two last were gone off with no good Design; and it occasioned much Talk among many People. Some more Servants being run away from their Masters a few Days since (as it was of late become too common a Pradlice, thro the Countenance they met with in Carolina) …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 207-208.