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In Their Own Words

April 09, 1738

Complaint About No Female Heirs

Writing his journal of Trustee proceedings, the Earl of Egmont wrote on this day of a continuing source of concern for Georgia colonists:

“Capt. Thompson lately arrived from Georgia gave me a tolerable Acct. of the Province: But Said the People of Savannah were in general very uneasie at their heirs female not Succeeding to their land, and that it made them for the most part abandon the cultivating their lands.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson (ed.), The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), pp. 342-43.