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In Their Own Words

June 16, 1744

Colonial Struggles Recorded

Yet again, William Stephens recorded the struggles of the young colony:

“June 16. Saturday. President and Assistants met to deliberate on the present posture of Affairs and the great distress we were in, as well thro want of a more powerful Aid against the Enemy, whom we expected every day to attack the Colony, as also the sad apprehensions we were under of becoming soon destitute of the Ordinary support of life, having recourse to no publick Store for help and our Keepers of Stores plainly giving us to understand, that they must put a Stop to all Credit, till they saw some prospect of Cash returning again… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 114.