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In Their Own Words

March 22, 1735

Letter from Thunderbolt

Several miles southeast of Savannah was the small settlement of Thunderbolt. One of colonists living there was Joseph Hetherington, who on this day wrote James Oglethorpe:

“… Our settlement is much altered for the better since Your Honour was there, for now we can almost go a-hunting, there is so much land cleared. I have got about twenty acres to my own share and all fenced in with a strong fence.I believe Mr. Lacy, his brother, and Mr. Bishop have each of them almost as much, so that if our lands had proved but good we might expect an immense crop this year. But Your Honour knows it’s most of it pine barren except a little oak and hickory … . Our settlement is certainly a beautiful place and the pleasantest in all Georgia and has not wanted for any industry to make it so… . My rural life I like so well and the inclinations I have to the place, that I am as well satisfied as if I had five hundred [pounds] a year in England… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. I, pp. 138-139.