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In Their Own Words

July 12, 1739

Oglethorpe and Stephens Kept Busy

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed how busy he and James Oglethorpe (the General) were, even with Oglethorpe on a short visit to Savannah from Fort Frederica:

“…The General’s Stay among us being very likely to be short, many People successively sought Audience of him, on various Occasions; whom he dispatched in such Manner as he saw good: But as he called on me pretty frequently, either to give Direction, or enquire into such Matters as he thought proper; it behoved me to be near at Hand, so that I saw little of what passed elsewhere in Town. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 369.