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In Their Own Words

October 13, 1738

Oglethorpe Met with Indians

In an unattributed day-by-day report from Savannah dated Oct. 22 that subsequently was reprinted in London’s Gentleman’s Magazine, the entry for Oct. 13 noted:

“On the 13th the Indians came down the River from TomoChichi’s House, viz. the Mico (which Word translated is King) of the Chehaws, the Mico of the Oakmuges, the Mico of the Parachacholas, with thirty of their Warriors, and fifty-two of their Attendants. As they walked up the Hill they were saluted by a Battery of Cannon, and conducted to the Town Hall by a Party of militia, where the General received them. On their seeing the General they expressed great Joy, and said that the Spaniards had strove to persuade them that the General was at St. Augustine, and invited them down to their Fort to see him there, where they accordingly went; but as soon as they found the General was not there, they returned; though the Spaniards offered them great Presents, and pretended that he was on board a Ship very ill, which was their Excuse for their not seeing him. They advised them to fall out with the English, but they adhered in their Fidelity to his Majesty, and were come down to testify it, and on all Occasions they would serve the General against all the King of Great Britain’s Enemies; that the Deputies of the remaining Towns of the Creek Nation waited for their Return to go down to the General, when they were sure of his Arrival; that the Nation would march 1000 Warriors wherever he should command them. They desired that the General would order them to have true Weights and Measures, for the Indian Traders that went amongst them from Carolina used bad Weights, they therefore desired Brass Weights and sealed Measures to be lodged with the King of each Town. They invited the General to come up in the Summer to see their Towns, which he promised to do; they lie about four hundred Miles to the Westward of this Town. The General made them handsome Presents; at Night they danced, the General was present, and the next Day they set out on their Journey home.”

Source: John T. Juricek (ed.), Georgia Treaties, 1733-1763, Vol. XI in Alden T. Vaughan (ed.), Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws, 1607-1789 (Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1989), p. 87.