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In Their Own Words

April 23, 1739

Oglethorpe’s Life Threatened

William Stephens recorded in his journal about threats being made against the life of James Oglethorpe:

“…The Morning began with a private Information, that Mr. Jones had received from one Green a Freeholder, who has a Lot on the River Side, a little below the publick Garden, with a Hut on it, where he mostly lives: And the Information being of an extraordinary Nature, Mr. Jones desired me and Mr. Christie to be present, and hear what the Man had to say: I went accordingly to Mr. Jones’s, where Mr. Christie was expected by Promise, to come immediately; but after long waiting for him in vain and he not coming, it was thought proper to take down in Writing what the Informant had to say, which he might make Affidavit of afterwards when required; and it was to this Effect, viz. Mr. Williams’s Sloop coming up late Saturday Night, and the Tide falling short, Mr. Williams and the Master left her, and taking the Boat rowed up to Town: After which the Mate hailed to this Informant, desiring him to come aboard with his Boat; which he did; and that upon asking him what News from the South, they told him the Soldiers were all in a mutinous, discontented Way, cursing their Officers, and even the General himself who (they said) had best look to himself, lest he should get two or three Bullets through him; for if one did not do it, another would. Upon asking the Informant if he knew the Persons again when he saw them, who reported those Words; he said, he knew two of them very well, and one of them was the Mate. Mr. Shenton also was present with us when this Information was made; who being upon Haste on some Business, by Order of the General, and following him by Land, it was thought by us advisable, that he should take this Information with him. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 318-319.