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In Their Own Words

February 16, 1736

Primitive Living in Colonial Georgia

Benjamin Ingham, who had come to Georgia on the same ship - along with John Wesley and James Oglethorpe - mentioned going to visit the southern part of colonial Georgia, and the primitive living condition upon the way:

“…About 7 this Evening, I set forward with Mr. Oglethorpe, and some others in a ten oar’d Boat for the Alatamaha, the Southermost part of Georgea. At 11 we arriv’d at a place call’d Skiddowa, where we went ashore into the woods, and kindled a Fire under a lofty Pine tree. Having writ some Letters and eaten something, we laid down to sleep upon the cold Ground, without either Bed or board, having no other Covering besides our Cloths, but a Single Blanket each and the Canopy of Heaven.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 176.