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In Their Own Words

July 14, 1737

Dispute Mediated

Savannah bailiff Thomas Causton had a variety of disputes that he was called on to resolve, as he recorded one example in his journal for this day:

“14 July: … A woman belonging to the Savannah Indians, complained that she being at Skidoway [sic] Island, some of Mrs. Mouse’s Daughters had beat her. Mrs Mouse being in town, I sent for her… . Upon examining into the matter I found that they had frequently bartered with Mouse for trifling things, and had received Strong liquors at that time, & were drunk. I gave Mrs. Mouse a severe reprimand for giving Strong liquors to Indians, & for dealing with them in any Sort, assuring her that if any Such practices were carried on for the future, they must expect not only to lose their License, but to be prosecuted. The Indians Seemed very well satisfied, & Mrs. Mouse promised to take more care for the future… .”

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. 270-271.