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This Day in Georgia History

June 16, 1736

Oglethorpe and Indians Arrived in England

After six weeks at sea, the H.M.S. Aldborough docked at Cowes on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England. Departing from the ship was a party from Georgia consisting of James Oglethorpe,Tomochichi, Tomochichi’s wife and nephew, several other Yamacraw Indians, and John Musgrove as interpreter. From here, Oglethorpe wrote a letter to Sir John Phillips, Bart. about his plans to take the Indians to Westbrook Manor, the Oglethorpe’s family home in Godalming in Surrey County. At Westbrook, the Indians would recover from the trip before going on to London to meet the Trustees and King George II.