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In Their Own Words

October 29, 1739

Oglethorpe Dealt with a Malcontent

William Stephens recorded in his journal how James Oglethorpe - referred to as “the General” - dealt with one of the Malcontents - the colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations concerning colonial Georgia:

“…Mr. Bradley, after too long trifling, and seeking many Shifts and Evasions, not to quit the great House belonging to the Trust, which he had taken Possession of; finding himself driven to the Necessity of it, now moved his Goods to another in Town that was vacant, at a moderate Rent, intending it for his Habitation no longer (as he gave out) than till he had provided a Place to be in, upon the five hundred Acres allotted him; which he had a long while raised many Objections to, and shewed himself dissatisfied about; but now those imaginary Obstacles being dissipated by the General, it would appear ere long, how tar he was in earnest to cultivate that Farm. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 440-441.