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In Their Own Words

July 06, 1737

Journal Entry on Politics Affecting Georgia

At this day’s meeting of the Georgia Trustees in London, James Oglethorpe explained one reason why Prime Minister Walpole was not willing to give Georgia a continuing and adequate source of funding, as recorded by the Earl of Egmont in his journal of Trustee proceedings:

“Mr. Oglethorpe reported that he had presented our Memorial of the 22 June to Sr. Robert Walpole wherein we desired to be eased for the future from petitioning the Parliamt. for money, but to be put on an establishment. He Said Sr. Robert Seem’d to approve it. But it never was his intention: for whilst he help us to petitioning, he kept us in dependence on him, which he was the more determined to do because of the number of members of Parliament who were Trustees of Georgia.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson, The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), p. 289.