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In Their Own Words

July 23, 1739

Stephens Relayed Indian Information to Oglethorpe

William Stephens relayed information he had received on the Cherokee Indians to James Oglethorpe (the General). although he doubted the truthfulness of it:

“…Received a Letter this Morning from Lieutenant Kent at Fort Augusta, brought me by one Morrison, who intended a very short Stay, and was returning into the Creek Nation: And the Letter he gave me, containing some particular Relations of the Talk of the neighbouring Indians, as if the Cherokees were ready to fall out with the white Men among them (which I did not find any certain Foundation for giving too hasty Credit to) I thought it not so trivial, but that the General should be acquainted with it: Wherefore I resolved to write to him of it, and inclose the Letter I had received; which I did, by the same Person; who returned in the Evening with Design (if possible) to overtake the General in his Progress. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 375.