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In Their Own Words

October 06, 1739

Fate of Colonists Who Left Georgia Recorded

From Ebenezer on the Savannah River north of Savannah, Salzburger pastor Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal rumors of the fate of many Georgia colonists who had moved to South Carolina:

“We hear from Charleston in South Carolina that almost a fourth of the inhabitants of this populous city have died of spotted fever in a few weeks, and it is also said that most of those who fled there from our colony have perished miserably, some from lack of food and some from this epidemic. Many have moved from Savannah and other newly established towns in this colony to Carolina and Charleston because they do not wish to work and be satisfied with little; but there, too, they have not received something for nothing… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger: Volume Six, 1739 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1981), p. 231.