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In Their Own Words

October 04, 1740

Ship Arrived, Despite Malcontents

William Stephens wrote in his journal about boat arriving in Savannah with items for sale; he also made allusion to the Malcontents - the group of colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations on colonial Georgia:

“…A New- York Sloop, Samuel Tingley Master, arrived with Store of Provision for Sale, which effectually put a Stop to one current Lie, that our late Deserters had spread before their Departure; that all Provinces looked on us as a Place given up for lost, and none of them would deal with us any farther for any Support: At the same Time the said Master told us, that he himself heard some of those that went thither from hence, complaining already how much dearer they found it living there than here, and beginning to wish they had not been so misled. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 661.