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In Their Own Words

March 20, 1744

Diary Entry on Oglethorpe Reimbursement

In his diary, the Earl of Egmont recorded a happy event for Gen. James Oglethorpe, who now was living in England. Parliament was going to repay Oglethorpe for all of the personal money he had spent in the defense of Georgia:

“… This day the House of Commons granted the sums expended by General Oglethorpe in the defence of Georgia, amounting to above £60,000, without any division, and with great honour to himself.

“Sir Jo. Cotton, who was ever an enemy to the colony, desired to know what use the colony was of to England, which gave the General an opportunity of shewing that on the preservation of it depends that of all the northern provinces. He was well heard by the House.”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. III, p. 293.