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In Their Own Words

December 21, 1737

Oglethorpe’s Birthday Celebrated

William Stephens wrote in his journal of the colonists celebrating the birthday of Georgia founder James Oglethorpe:

“…This being Mr. Oglethorpe’s Birth-Day (which is celebrated here annually) the Magis- trates, military Officers, and principal Inhabitants, met at the Fort, where some Bottles of Wine and some Biscuit being prepared, about Noon his Majesty’s Health, and the Royal Family’s, were drank, under a discharge of thir- teen Guns ; then the honourable Trustees ; and next the Captain General of these Provinces: In the Evening a handsome, cold Entertainment was provided at a Tavern, by the Subscription of upwards of thirty, who (as many as could find them) brought Partners to dance; which they did and were merry. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 55.