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In Their Own Words

February 08, 1733

Journal Entry on Colonists’ Supplies

Early Georgia colonist Peter Gordon recorded the basic supplies provided each family, and the beginning of construction on houses:

“Thursday the 8th each family hade given out of the stores, an iron pott, frying pan, and three wooden bowls, a Bible, Common Prayer Book, and Whole Duty of Man. This day we … sett about sawing and spitting boards eight foot long in order to build clapp board houses, to gett us under better cover till our framed houses could be built… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 15.