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In Their Own Words

February 05, 1739

Oglethorpe Unhappy with Savannah Colonists

William Stephens received a report that James Oglethorpe (the General) was very unhappy with the Malcontents and the whole town of Savannah; the Malcontents were the group of colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations governing colonial Georgia:

“…Mr. Habersham the School-Master (whose Brother died lately at Frederica) return- ing thence, after taking Care of the Effects of the Deceased; I enquired of him what News he brought; but he had little: The most material was, that the General expressed great Resentment against our Representers here (which I could not wonder at) and the whole Town he found was under his Displeasure; insomuch, that he said to him, with great Warmth, he should leave them to themselves, and not come near them, as he was going soon to Charles-Town: Which would be a heavy Resentment indeed, if pursued, and might have bad Consequences attend it; but we were willing to hope better Things.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 274.