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In Their Own Words

March 08, 1736

Ingham met Charles Wesley at Frederica

Benjamin Ingham, who had come to Georgia on the same ship - along with John Wesley and James Oglethorpe - wrote in his journal on this day of the early days after the founding of Frederica in colonial Georgia, and of his happiness in seeing Charles Wesley again. Wesley was there to serve as Oglethorpe’s secretary:

“…Mr. Oglethorpe arrived with 4 Pettiaugurs, and next day my dear friend Mr. Charles Wesley with another, wherein were all the married men, woemn and Children, that came over in our two Ships. Mr. Oglethorpe immediately lay’d out the new town Frederica in a neat and regular method, and kept the people to strict work in building themselves Palmetto Houses; during the 3 weeks longer I spent there, there happen’d such variety of Incidents that it would be too tedious to relate them. Only I will add that Mr. Charles Wesley and I had the happiness of undergoing for the Truth’s Sake the most glorious trial of our whole lives…”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 179.