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In Their Own Words

April 05, 1740

Oglethorpe Passed Through Savannah

William Stephens wrote in his journal of James Oglethorpe (the General) passing through Savannah on his way to Fort Frederica, with good news concerning the ongoing war with Spain:

“…In the Evening pretty late, the General arrived from Charles-Town, on his Way back to the South; whither he was hasting, and designed to make but a short Stay here: There was little Room to have much Talk with him this Night; but we found him well satisfied with his Reception in Carolina, and the Aid he was assured of from thence: So that the Seige of Augustin was now again talked of as a Thing certainly designed.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 548.