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In Their Own Words

July 17, 1734

Mary Musgrove Letter to Oglethorpe

From Savannah, Mary Musgrove wrote to James Oglethorpe (then in England with Tomochichi and a group of Yamacraw Indians, along with Mary’s husband, John, as interpreter):

“I make bold to acquaint you that Thomas Jones is returned from the Choctaws and, according to Your Honour’s desire, he has brought the Choctaws down and they have received great favours from Colonel Bull and Mr. Causton and all the rest of the colony, and a great deal of respect showed them, which they are wonderfully pleased at… .And the Choctaws are so glad that some white people whom they called their masters has taken such care of them as to send for them. And they was very glad of the opportunity to come, for they lived very poor before and now they are in good hopes to live as well as the other Indians do. For they had no trade with the French and their skins lie by them and rot… . The Choctaws are all amazed to see the Creeks drink as they do, and they think the Creeks are saucy to the white people. The Choctaw king thinks the Creeks are saucy to the white . The Choctaw king thinks they are obliged to the white people and thinks they cannot do enough for the white people, especially the English. And since they have been here there has not one of them been disguised in liquor or any ways saucy upon any account.

“…The colony is in good health and I hope Your Honour and all your family is in good health and my husband [John} is the same. And I beg Your Honour will take great care of him, he being in a strange place and not able to take care of himself and to send him home as soon as possible… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. I, pp. 44-45.