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In Their Own Words

April 08, 1734

Salzburgers Worked to Clear Passage

Johann Martin Boltzius was the religious leader of the Salzburgers who emigrated to colonial Georgia in 1734; he kept a journal of their activities. On this day he recorded how hard the people were working to clear a passage to their settlement site of Ebenezer, despite a lot of rain:

“…Notwithstanding it rained this whole Day, by Intervals, very hard, the Saltzburgers have made a pretty good Beginning, in making the Way; after having at the Place of their first Work, implored God for his Blessing and Assistance. This Work being for the Publick Good, and for the Benefit of all Carolina and Georgia, the Commissary is resolved to desire the Honorable Trustees, that a second Year’s Provision might be given to the People, because they must at present work as it were for the Publick, and cannot begin to Till their Ground so soon. All who are able, now work with pleasure.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 70.