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In Their Own Words

October 06, 1738

Pilot Refused to Aid Ship

The journal entry of William Stephens on this day showed how little respect some colonial Georgians had for authority :

“…Several Guns being fired in the Night off Tybee, which we could plainly distinguish, the Wind being at North-East, I called upon Donald Stewart, Master of the Pilot Sloop, and rebuked him for his (almost continual) Indolence, in lying with his Sloop idle at Home, and giving such frequent Occasion for Ships coming out of the Sea to complain of Want of Help: More especially now I told him it was barbarous, and unpardonable in him, to hear of Ships being off the Bar, and without doubt in Distress, by their firing in the Night, and to take no farther Notice of it: Wherefore I required him at his Peril, to make haste instantly; but he gave me flatly for Answer, that he had no Provisions, and without that he would not stir for any Man in England. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 210.