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In Their Own Words

July 11, 1738

Whitefield Complimented Salzburgers

George Whitefield noted both the material and moral success of the Salzburgers in Georgia, and hoped to duplicate one of their accomplishments in Savannah (which he ultimately did):

“Tuesday, July 11. Returned this evening from Ebenezer (whither I went Yesterday) the Place where the Saltzburgers [sic] are settled; and was wonderfully pleased with their Order and Industry. Their Lands are improved surprisingly for the Time they have been there, and I believe they have far the best crop of any in the Colony - They are bless’d with two such pious Ministers, as I have not often seen: They have no Courts of Judicature, but all little Differences are immediately and implicitly decided by their Ministers, whom they look upon and love as their Fathers. They have likewise an Orphan-House, in which are seventeen children, and one Widow, and I was much delighted to see the Regularity wherewith it is managed, - Oh that GOD may stir up the Hearts of his Servants to contribute towards that and another which we hope to have erected at Savannah… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 291-292.