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In Their Own Words

June 17, 1737

Discussion with John Wesley

Savannah bailiff Thomas Causton had a very trying position. In addition to dealing with various disagreements among settlers, he received the following complaint as noted in his diary for this day:

“… Mr. Wesley lately acquainted me that there were Several Deists in the place, & now gave me a long account of a discourse between him & Dr. Garratt: I told him I did not doubt but he would be able to Set people right in these matters, & that I should be always ready to give the assistance of a Civil magistrate in discountenancing & punishing bad morals whenever any particular Fact should make it necessary… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: The Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 256-257.