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In Their Own Words

November 12, 1735

Journal Report from Ebenezer

From Ebenezer, Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius wrote in his journal:

“With the first quarter of the moon we are having much rain and very mild weather. Two Indians called here and requested us to repair their two flint-locks. I gave them breakfast and some uncooked rice to take with them and referred them to the locksmith in Abercorn. They were both handsome, and they conducted themselves with modesty. This evening my dear colleague came back home again and reported that the schoolmaster in Purysburg is showing much faithfulness and diligence, and that the children are profiting from his instruction… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969), Vol. II, p. 199.