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In Their Own Words

April 20, 1738

Malcontent Wish Noted in Journal

This entry in the journal of William Stephens showed one of the main concerns of the Malcontents - the colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations governing Georgia; they wanted slavery allowed in the colony:

“…Mr. Robert Williams ‘^having loaded his Snow with Lumber for the West Indies (as before taken Notice of) sailed this Morning, and with him Hugh Sterling, upon a trading Account: James Williams, now in Turn staying here, to carry on the Plantation Work, &c. and as they are both Men that seem resolved to be pushing on a Trade and Business of any Kind that has a Shew of Profit; it were to be wished they may find Success, and thereby encourage Industry in all Shapes, that may tend to the Benefit of the Colony: It were also at the same Time to be wished, they would lay aside a little of that Warmth which I have known sometimes to carry them too far in defending that Opinion about the Allowance of Negroes, so industriously propagated by some others less worth regarding. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 129.