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In Their Own Words

November 11, 1738

Oglethorpe Investigation Recorded

After word had reached the Trustees in London of possible mishandling of goods and accounts by Savannah storekeeper and magistrate Thomas Causton, James Oglethorpe traveled to Savannah to personally investigate complaints against Causton, as indicated by this journal entry from Trustees secretary William Stephens:

“Waiting early in the Morning at Church, on the Bell ringing to Prayers, General Oglethorpe, who landed but a little time before, came and made Part of the Congregation: After which, he took a Walk towards the Garden, allowing me to attend him; and from Part of his Discourse, I gathered, that the chief Occasion of his sudden Expedition hither, was from what Mr. Jones had wrote him concerning Mr. Causton’s Proceedings in making up his Accounts, who (it seems) had in some talk with Mr. Jones, insinuated something which carried a Reflexion on the General… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia [no city cited]: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. I, p. 325.