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In Their Own Words

July 18, 1738

Whitefield Wrote of Local Travel

Anglican minister George Whitefield wrote of his return to Savannah after a visit to some outlying families:

“About ten o’Clock this Evening returned to Savannah, having set out from thence Yesterday to visit four or five Families that live at some of the outward Settlements about twelve Miles off. - Their Beginnings as yet are but small, but I cannot help thinking there are Foundations laying for great temporal and spiritual Blessings in Georgia, when the inhabitants are found worthy. - Blessed be God, in Savannah they will hear the Word gladly, and People every where receive me with the utmost Civility and are not angry when I reprove them.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 292.