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In Their Own Words

July 08, 1735

Oglethorpe Refused Governorship of South Carolina

In his diary, the Earl of Egmont revealed that fellow Trustee James Oglethorpe had turned down the offer to become governor of South Carolina:

“Mr. Verelst came down to acquaint me that Mr. Oglethorp [sic] is resolved to go with the next embarkation to Georgia, but had absolutely refused to accept of being made Governor of Carolina, which would have vacated his seat in Parliament, a thing desired by the Ministry, that they might render Haslemere [the Surrey County town that elected Oglethorpe to Parliament] a Government borough.”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (Viscount Percival): Vol. II 1734-1738 (London: H.M. Stationery office, 1923), p. 185.