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In Their Own Words

January 02, 1804

Journal Entry on Business Struggle

Reuben King ran a tanning business in Darien; on this day in his journal he noted some problems he had been having and his determination to avoid them in the upcoming year:

“…I have resolved to to trust no person this year on Book Account and not to tan on Shares In my Opinion it is an imprudent thing for Merchants or Mecanicks to give Credit in this Country Thare is a number of Sole vagabonds that git thare living by Swindling or rather by runing in Debt without an intention to pay…”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, p. 77.