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In Their Own Words

February 22, 1739

Wanton Disregard for Regulations Recorded

William Stephens recorded in his journal about a man blatantly violating the Trustees’ regulations - and their cattle:

“…Violence began now no longer to skulk, but appear bare faced in many Instances; a pretty remarkable one of which happened this Morning, when Mr. Bradley took on himself, by his own Authority, to kill one of the largest Steers of the Trustees, that was in the Colony. The Pretence given out for it was, that his People wanted; that Mr. Jones did not supply him; and that he could not see them starve: How far Mr. Jones had assisted him with Provisions, I could not tell, for I meddled not with what was doing at the Stores, except when Mr. Jones called on me and Mr. Parker for our Opinion in some Cases, perhaps doubtful a while since: But at present there was no Flesh, more than now and then that Necessity required killing a Steer, which was delivered out fresh in small Parcels, as seemed good; and Mr. Jones told me, that he had served Mr. Bradley fully up to the Proportion which the General ordered; which if he had (as I am inclined to believe) certainly this was one of the most audacious Attempts yet heard of among us, that the Person appointed to inspect and have a particular Regard to the Trustees Cattle, should be the first to lay unlawful Hands on them…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 285.