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In Their Own Words

July 15, 1742

Stephens Recruited Help for Oglethorpe

With news of the victory at the Battle of Bloody Marsh, William Stephens was able to recruit more help for James Oglethorpe, although other incentives than patriotism were also offered:

“July 15. Thursday. The General in his last letter directed me to send him what Assistance I could from hence, I used all the means I was able, to render some acceptable Service; and in Order to do it I wrote a paper which I published with beat of Drum, giving notice to all who were inclined to serve as Volunteers under his Excellence against the Enemy, they would kindly be entertained, and for their Encouragement, I would pay them 10 shillings a piece to drink the Kings Health, which had so good success, that before night about 30 had Subscribed their names to be enroll’d; tho it could hardly have been believed, from the present appearance of the Town, so many of the people being already away, some usefully employ’d, and some few withdrawn thro fear. So that our Streets now were grown very thin, the Women and Children being all gone, and most of the remainder were old Settled Inhabitants, who seemed determin’d to wait the utmost event.”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 109.