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In Their Own Words

January 22, 1740

Malcontent Received Surprising News

William Stephens recorded in his journal about one of the Malcontents - the group of colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations on colonial Georgia - wanting to leave Georgia, but being expected to pay his accounts first:

“…In the Evening the Magistrates all assembled at my House; and in Obedience to the Command of the Trustees, knowing Mr. Bradley to be returned to Town, they sent for him; who readily came; and was given to understand what the Trust expected of him, viz. that he must find Security for his not leaving the Colony till his Accounts were made up: Which he seemed somewhat shocked at, and plainly told them, he must then conclude himself utterly lost; for that he knew not one in the whole Town who would be his Bail; which indeed we all thought alike in: But that occasioned a sorrowful Reflexion, what Sort of Behaviour then he must have shewn among them, not to find one Friend in this Time of Need, who would appear to give him kind Assistance: The Magistrates were all unwilling to push Matters against him with the utmost Severity, and immediately commit him; wherefore in great Tenderness, they allowed him till to-morrow to get what Security he could.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 496-497.