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In Their Own Words

January 12, 1739

Servant Proved Untrustworthy

William Stephens recorded in his journal about a servant who had been sent to him, but who was incorrigible:

“…Thomas Roberts (the Boy lately sent me) proved so egregious a Rogue, that now I despaired of ever seeing any good of him; running away and skulking about in Holes, was his frequent Praftice, without any Provocation: The Work required of him was easy, and he wanted no Food or Cloathing: But he was naturally so wicked, lying and thieving, that no Correction would mend; so that I was not safe in my House, for he was an accomplished Thief, and confessed he had been in the Hands of publick Justice in London: Wherefore being quite tired with his Villany, I desired the Magistrates, upon my Complaint, to send him to the Log-house, and confine him there a little while, till it might be considered, what farther Measures to take; which was done. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 261.