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In Their Own Words

October 10, 1737

Salzburgers Stayed Postive Through Hard Times

From Ebenezer on the Savannah River, Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius recorded a positive attitude in the face of the hard life they faced:

“Cornberger’s youngest daughter died last night and was buried this afternoon. She was sick and miserable the entire time of her short life. Those children who have been plagued with fever up to now are mostely well again and attend school regularly. In this harvest time, since the bean gathering demands much effort, those whose parents request it are permitted to miss school once or twice for the sake of field work. Although we have had a crop failure in corn and a few other things this year, the honest members of our congregation are content with their small supply and thank God for it just as well as if they had much more. We trust our loving Father in heaven to look upon our plight and lack with the eyes of His mercy and to let no one perish who trusts in Him. There are some widows, very poor children, and impercunious people among us who cannot earn as much as they need to sustain their lives, so we shall give something from the poor-box to them in their need.”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1976), Vol. 4, p. 176.