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In Their Own Words

April 12, 1734

Salzburger Man Died, People Still Rejoiced

Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Reck was one of the leaders of the Salzburgers who emigrated to Georgia in the colonial period, and he kept a journal of their voyage and settlement. On this day he recorded the death of one of the settlers, but noted how they made the best of it:

“…Good Friday. God was pleased to take to himself, the Soul of one of our People, called Lackner. The Resignation and sweet Death of this Man, who expired the same Day that Jesus Christ did on the Cross, did not fail to touch every one, and raise in us a fervent Desire of enjoying soon the same Felicity, with our Saviour, in the Heavenly Jerusalem. We put up a Box, for the Relief of the Poor, and of the poor Children of the Indians; and as the first Foundation, we put in to it the Deceased’s Money, which though but small, we pray God to increase.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 51.