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.