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In Their Own Words

February 16, 1739

Soldier Complained about Oglethorpe

William Stephens wrote of a dissolute soldier who seemed unhappy with everything in colonial Georgia, including James Oglethorpe (the General):

“…One Martin, a Soldier lately among those is. who came from Gibraltar, but discharged some Time since, as an unhealthy Person, after being salivated in this Town, where he yet continued, living idle, and suspected to be doing no Good among our working People; now was grown very impudent and abusive of many honest Men in the Place, raising false and scandalous Stories to make Mischief; and not content with that, he let his Tongue loose against the General himself, who he said had cheated him of a great many Pounds when he discharged him: Whereof Affidavit being made before a Magistrate, it was thought proper to require Sureties of him for his Appearance to answer such a Charge of Scandal; which he not finding, he was committed to the Log- House, to learn better.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 281-282.