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In Their Own Words

April 07, 1739

Intricate Indian Relations Recorded

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed the tricky nature of Indian relations in colonial Georgia:

“…By some Persons arrived from Augusta, I received a Letter from Lieutenant Kent, enclosing a Conference (or Talk, as it is commonly called) he lately had with some of the Indians, who arrived at the Fort from the Cherokees, to know why the English would cast them off; which, it seem, had been insinuated among them by a French Emissary, a German by Nation, whom our General has wished to lay hold of for some Time past: But by the Talk (which was committed to Writing) it appeared, that they went back very easy, and fully satisfied, the English meant them nothing but Good, and would be ready to supply them with whatever they wanted in Trade; which that Fellow had persuaded them to imagine no Nation could do so well as the French: So after mutual Assurance of Good-will and Friendship betwixt us, at length they returned in pertect good Humour. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 312.