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In Their Own Words

December 24, 1739

News of Whitfield’s Return

William Stephens recorded in his journal that he had received word that George Whitefield - who had been in England - was soon to return to Georgia:

“…The most remarkable Occurrence of this Day was the Arrival of a Sloop from Philadelphia, belonging to Mr. Whitfield, which he had bought, and sent hither, filled with great Variety of Necessaries for such as were to settle here: She brought seven or eight such (Men, Women and Children) besides two that had been
here, and now returned from England, namely, a young Son of Mr. Bradley’s, and one Robert How, who it might be hoped from Mr. Whitfield’s Instruction was become a new Man; for he carried out a bad Character with him from hence. They made Report, that Mr. Whitfield was coming, in Company with two or three to attend him, by Land, thro’ Maryland, Virginia, North and South-Carolina, hither; which is computed at least six hundred Miles; and that we might expect him here in about a Week more.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 477-478.