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In Their Own Words

December 13, 1737

Stephens Met Tomochichi

On this day, colonial leader William Stephens met Tomochichi, and recorded it in his journal:

“…In my Walk towards Evening, upon hearing of some Preparations made for a small Collation at the old Indian Town, where Tomo Chichi formerly lived, which is about a Furlong out of Town, I went out of Curiosity (with some others) to see what passed, and there I found a Table spread with a Cloth, &c. Mrs. Matthews (formerly Mrs. Musgrave) sit- ting at the End of it, with two young Girls, her Husband and Tomo Chichi near by; and a young Shote just ready barbacu’d over a Fire in the Wood, was set on the Table. They asked us very kindly to sit down and take Part with them; which one or two did, and we who had no Stomach to eat, did not refuse taking two or three Glasses of Wine. The Occasion of this, I found was meant, as a Treat to Tomo Chichi, and three or four Indians, upon his making a Grant ot that Spot of Land to Mrs. Mat- thews and her Husband; and Tomo Chichi addressing his Discourse to me by Mrs. Matthews (who interpreted) said to this Effect: That he desir’d Notice might be taken of his Claim and Property in that Land; that he had granted it to Mrs. Matthews and her Husband; and that he hoped the Trustees would not be offended, if henceforward Mr. Matthews allowed no Cattle to go there but his own; all which I promised to take notice of. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 49-50.