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In Their Own Words

July 12, 1745

Bosomworth Problems Recorded

William Stephens recorded problems some Indian Traders were having with a certain unnamed individual [Thomas Bosomworth, who would continue to be a thorn in the side of colonial officials]:

“July 12. Friday. Whatever time I could spare from other matters, was appropriated toward dispatching those Indian Traders, that came to renew their Licenses, and to return home again, whereof I had now done about half. During the few days of their stay here on that occasion, scarce one passed over without Reproaches being cast from among them against a Certain Person who lately lived at Savannah in a Reputable Station, wherein the Honble. Trustees has appointed him but had taken wing from hence about three weeks ago for England, leaving several of these people in the lurch… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 226.