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In Their Own Words

October 15, 1739

Oglethorpe and Stephens Handled Routine Matters

William Stephens wrote in his journal about he and James Oglethorpe (the General) handling some of the routine affairs of governing colonial Georgia on this day:

“…The General having well considered the present Circumstances of Affairs, was pleased to direct that I should deliver to Mr. Fallowfield and Mr. Jones, their several Constitutions, appointing them to be second and third Bailiffs, and also to Mr. Christie his Constitution, appointing him to supersede Mr. Henry Parker in the Commission for examining Accounts, &c. But as to the Place of first Bailiff, he thought it not advisable to invest him with that Authority immediately, without either of the Conditions performed on his Part: Wherefore he farther ordered, that Mr. Parker might very properly keep his Seat, as before, on the Bench, till the Pleasure of the Trustees was farther known. Pursuant to this, I gave to each of them the several Constitutions for the Uses before-mentioned: After which two new Bailiffs were sworn duly before the General; and then the Court sat, when they took their Places; Mess. Parker and Christie yet continuing in their former, till farther Orders, in a full Court, without any Interruption or Disorder; the Abettors of all Disturbance finding themselves sufficiently over-awed. A Grand Jury was called and sworn, and proper Matters laid before them to consider of ; and then the Court adjourned till to-morrow.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 432.