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In Their Own Words

June 30, 1739

Little Food Available, but Hope for Better Days

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed evidence of the problems faced by colonial Georgians, but also offered hope for better days:

“…All Things seemed at a Stand, and scarcely any Body stirring. The Stores had no Flesh Provision of any Kind to give out to the German Trust Servants, who were ill satisfied to live upon Bread Kind alone, till better could be; tho it was too evident, that the Bread they eat was more than they earned; and many poor People in Town (that I knew) were hard put to it to provide that for themselves. Some proper Course, without Doubt, would be taken by the General when he came, to make such Provision for the future, as he should think necessary. This proving a fine Day, and the only one without Rain for a long while past, we hoped good Summer Weather was coming seasonably, to ripen the Fruits of the Earth.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 364.