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In Their Own Words

July 06, 1737

Causton, Wesley Argued

Thomas Causton was the bailiff of colonial Savannah, and kept the Trustees’ store (he earned the enmity of many of the colonists for his dictatorial ways). On this day he recorded in his journal of a disagreement he had with John Wesley (who had his own set of problems in his time in the colony):

“…As I would industriously remove all misunderstandings between Mr. Wesley & myself, I took this opportunity to ask him the meaning of his letter to me yesterday, particularly that part of it wherein he seemed to place his future friendship with me upon my Compliance with something which he called Doing his Duty. I farther told him, I had neither done or Said any thing from whence he could think I would oppose any thing that he Should do in the Execution of his office. He was silent for some time. Upon which I again told him, that to prevent any misunderstandings & ill Conjectures concerning his letter, & to vindicate my own Actions, I had acquainted the Magistrates, then present, with the Contents of his Letter; & that I must insist upon an Explanation before them that they might witness for me in time to come. After some further pause, he said: Suppose I should refuse to administer the Sacrament to Some body in your Family. I answered, if it was my Self or my wife, or my Child, that was to undergo any Censures of that kind, I expected to be acquainted with the Reasons. I believed it would be advisable in him to do the Same to every one in Town before he refused either of the Sacraments, or used any Church Discipline, because I apprehended that by the Cannon Law itself he was enjoyned thereto. He replyed that he hoped I should have no Occasion to give my self any uneasiness about the matter. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 266.