In Their Own Words
March 29, 1739
Some Colonists Left, Some Perservered
William Stephens recorded in his journal about some colonists leaving for South Carolina - most of whom would not be missed. He also had praise for those staying in Georgia during hard times:
“…Mr. Hugh Anderson, who among several others, was going (he said) to make some Experiment what he could do in Carolina, for he could no longer subsist where he was, as Things stood at present; but as soon as he saw any Prospedl of better Things in Georgia, he should be willing and ready to return to it, and try his Fortune again. Savannah began indeed now to grow thinner of People apace; nevertheless it was apparent, that the Generality of those who went off, were either such as being one Size above the lowest Rank of People had formed wrong Notions to themselves of growing wealthy a little sooner than the ordinary Circumstances of a new-founded Col- ony will readily admit of; or else they were People really of no Value for promoting the publick Welfare by their Industry and honest Labour: There yet remained (and were likely to continue) a small Body of Reserve, who minded their own Business quietly, and kept the beaten Path, without swerving; though divers of them (I write it with Concern) to my Knowledge fared very hard.”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 307.