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In Their Own Words

July 03, 1742

Journal Entry on Waiting for News of Spanish Attack

Georgians believed an attack from the Spanish stationed in Florida was imminent. As colonists at Frederica prepared to defend themselves, William Stephens recorded in his journal questions about the bravery of some of the men:

“July 3. Saturday. Still waiting with earnest expectation, to hear what posture affairs stood in with the Genl. (Oglethorpe), but the strict Guard that was kept there by his Excellence to prevent any person escaping with Intelligence, would not yet allow it, which I thought a good Example to us in doing the like, whatever a few of our Guardians of Liberty (as they would be thought) might preach to the contrary; and I could not easily be perswaded [sic] from believing, that such as were sending off their Wives, would be ready to follow them, if they could when any danger approached… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter ed., The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1958), p. 104.