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In Their Own Words

November 08, 1738

Poor Colonists Appealed to Stephens

William Stephens wrote in his journal of many poor colonists in Georgia appealing to him for help:

“…This Day like many others, my Door was almost continually frequented by poor People of divers Sorts, importuning me to intercede at the Stores for some small Relief under their immediate Necessities; imagining, though without Cause, that it lay in my Power to order it: And thereupon the greatest Part of the Clamour fell to my Share, which indeed gave me great Disquiet. Some whom I judged most deserving, I assured I would recommend to Mr. Jones, on Mr. Parker’s joining with me ; and others I gave such different Answers to, as to me seemed best suited to their Pretensions. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 224.