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In Their Own Words

July 26, 1740

Stephens Commented on Malcontents

William Stephens commented on the Malcontents’ (group of colonists opposed to the Trustees’ regulations governing colonial Georgia) efforts to frighten other colonists, adding that he thought it would be best if they all left Georgia:

“…Our Declaimers of the Club, finding those Terrors, which they scattered among the People, did not operate so effectually as they expected, seemed resolved to try what Example would do; and it was publickly given out, that Tailfer and Landlord Jenkins were preparing to send their Wives and Families out of Harm’s Way, into some other Province, I know not where, in- tending to follow, when they judged a proper Time. These cannot be numbered surely among our defensive Men, nor any who have the like Faculty of smelling Danger at a Distance; of such it is to be hoped there are but few, if such these are. I really think it would
be for the Benefit of the Colony, that they all left it, notwithstanding the Decrease of People for some while past; for if they do not think their Property worth defending, I know not what Good can be expected from them; and most certainly a small Band, well united, is of more Force than a loose one more numerous, but easily dispersed.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 628-629.