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In Their Own Words

February 20, 1739

Slave Conspiracy Discovered

William Stephens wrote about the discovery of a slave conspiracy in near-by South Carolina, using it as an example of why slavery should not be allowed into colonial Georgia:

“…The most remarkable Thing that was commonly talked of among us this Day, ought not to be passed over without proper Notice here; namely, the great Danger Mess. Montaigut and de Beaufain were said to be in, by a Conspiracy of their Negro Slaves, whereof they have got a great Number, upon a very large Plantation in our Neighbourhood, on the Banks of Savannah, within the Distridl of Purysburgh, a little below that Town, and about a Dozen Miles above us. So far as we could yet be informed of the Truth, we hear that the Design of those Slaves was to cut off their Masters and Families, and all the white People that belonged to them entirely, and then to make their Way as fast as they could to Augustin, either by Land or by Water, after furnishing themselves first with Arms out of their Masters Houses when plundered, &c. but by good Providence their Design was timely discovered. Another Instance this, of the Benefit that might accrue by such in Georgia.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 283-284.