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In Their Own Words

June 29, 1738

Accidents and Libel Published in Journal

William Stephens recorded two fatal accidents in his journal, and also some cases of libelous material being posted, some of which concerned him:

“…And the most remarkable News we heard farther, from the South, was worse; where one of uur Town Boats, lately sent thither with some of the Soldiers newly recovered, having privately some Rum aboard; the Soldiers in those Parts hearing of it, went on board, and getting drunk with it, two of them were drowned by oversetting the Boat they went ashore in: And at Darien, a most unhappy Accident be- fell Mr. Mcintosh’s Family, whose two Sons (young Lads) being swimming in the River, an Alligator snapped one, and carried him quite off. What else we learnt, that was most worth Note since our being Abroad was, that Libelling began to grow much in Use; for that some few Days since a Paper was fixed to the most publick Places, abusing the Magistrates in the most gross Terms, and throwing some scandalous Reflexions upon others also; among others, I was not suffered to escape without a little Dirt… “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 164-165.